As many of you have known for a long time, I'm as out of the box as they come. My opinions rarely are the popular ones. If the Smith poll, which IMRA wrote about here, had asked me my opinion wouldn't be like most others.
The poll shows/indicates that Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid political party is gaining in support and would receive as many seats as the combined Likud Beitenu, Likud & Yisrael Beiteinu. Many of the new voters would be those who are abandoning Kadima and Tsipi Livni's Movement.
Of course this poll is just taking into account the political parties in today's Knesset. Every time we have new elections, new parties sprout up like weeds. And to be super honest, I don't see a party I'd vote for.
Actually, Lapid as Finance Minister, isn't doing all that well. After campaigning to reduce the budget, he's now raising it. Actually he had planned on increasing it much more but was taught that Israel would suffer in terms of its rating.
Following a downgrade to Israel's S&P credit rating Thursday night, Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Friday backed down on his proposal to raise the 2013 deficit target to 4.9% of GDP from its current 3%, agreeing to set it at 4.65% instead.
Arutz 7 reports something very troubling about Lapid and how he's functioning as Finance Minister.
"On Thursday it was reported that Lapid planned to increase the deficit target for 2013 to 4.9%. The move was met with anger because Lapid did not involve Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his deliberations.
Lapid's decision surprised Bank of Israel head Stanley Fischer as well. Fischer reportedly first heard of the news on Thursday evening as he landed in the United States."
It would be better if Lapid was more a team player. He's not supposed to be making such policy decisions on his own. Of course this is my opinion, and not all Israelis seem to agree with me.