AP Interview: Charismatic Lapid Revives Israel Vote Campaign

March 5, 2015 1:07 PM

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A few weeks ago, Yair Lapid appeared destined to become a one-hit wonder in Israeli politics, as his centrist party sank in the polls ahead of the March 17 parliamentary elections. Bruised by a rough term as finance minister, the former TV anchorman and one-time boxer is now mounting a furious late-round comeback with a message linking prosperity with regional peace.

It seems to be working: he is again surging in the polls, much as during the previous campaign in 2013, positioning the man who once boasted he would be Israel's next prime minister — a faux pas he now regrets — to remain a significant force.

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