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Lapid Says the Magic Words

One week ago, Yair Lapid addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as the prime minister of Israel.
Office of U.S. House Speaker, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Office of U.S. House Speaker, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Michael Koplow is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chief Policy Officer of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly

“One week ago, Yair Lapid addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as the prime minister of Israel. He spoke for 23 minutes and covered a range of issues, including regional normalization, the threats that Israel faces from Iran, antisemitism, and the challenge of Gaza. Included in those 23 minutes were the following three sentences: “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy, and for the future of our children…Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution. I am one of them.”

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