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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2021

GOVERNMENT

Yair Lapid

Foreign Minister of Israel

The leader of Israel’s centrist Yesh Atid Party and the current Foreign Minister in the new government formed in 2021, Yair Lapid has taken to the top diplomat’s post with gusto, embracing Israel’s new friends in the Middle East but equally unafraid to speak his mind. In September, Lapid made history twice in one day, opening the first Israeli Embassy in the Arab Gulf kingdom of Bahrain in the first such visit by an Israeli minister. Speaking at an earlier meeting in Washington, DC, Lapid made sure to emphasize “the fact that this Abraham Accords club is open for new members as well, and one of our goals, our common goals, is to make sure that other countries will follow suit and join us in this Accords and in this new era of cooperation and friendship.” At the same time, Lapid has not shied away from conflicts, including an unprecedented bilateral crisis between Israel and Poland over the latter country’s recent legislation to deny restitution payments to survivors of the Holocaust. “Gone are the days when Poles harmed Jews without consequence,” Lapid stated in August. “Today, Jews have a proud and strong country of their own. We do not fear antisemitic threats and have no intention of turning a blind eye to the shameful conduct of the anti-democratic Polish government.” (Photo: REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal)

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