This post first appeared as “A Politician’s Wardrobe For Yair Lapid” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.
It seems Israelis are reacting in very different ways to the very recent news that charismatic Yair Lapid is leaving journalism to enter politics.
Unfortunately, one Israeli, someone apparently named Itzik Chen, wrote a death threat on Lapid’s Facebook wall. “Believe me, if I see you I’ll want to kill you. You are an anti-Semitic Israel hater…You deserve to die, and he who carries it out will be blessed,” he wrote. “It will be a shame if you (challenge) Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, because then it will be very similar to what happened to [slain prime minister] Yitzhak Rabin,” he went on.
On the other hand, the staff over at Xnet (Ynet’s lifestyle section), has been scrambling to assemble a politician’s wardrobe for Lapid. It seems there is not a minute to lose in terms of focusing on the really important things when it comes to running for office.
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