Finance Minister and Yesh Atid Party Chairman Yair Lapid, whose political trademark is anti-hareidi secularism, created a stir in recent days when he grew a beard that makes him look almost hareidi.
Religious wesite Kippah asked on Twitter if Lapid would soon be sporting a kippah as well. Hareidi website Kikar Hashabat speculated that he trying to look like “a responsible adult.”
The Mako / Channel 2 news website decided to find out the reason for the change and forwarded a query to Lapid's bureau, which replied that Lapid had grown the beard “for no special reason.”
Channel 2 noted that beards have become fashionable among men recently and that many movie stars have begun wearing them.