Lapid Offers a Proposal

"The only solution": Lapid's proposal to the Prime Minister

Against the background of calls in the coalition for agreements, opposition leader Yair Lapid sets a condition for the resumption of talks at the President's residence: "The only thing that will allow a return to talks is a freeze on legislation"

(Photo: Danny Shem Tov/Knesset Spokesperson)

A week after passing the law to cancel The Clause of Reasonability and against the backdrop of calls for dialogue and agreements from within the coalition, the leader of the opposition, Yair Lapid, addressed today (Sunday) the discussions surrounding the judicial reform and set a condition for returning to talks. In his remarks, he called for anchoring a one and a half-year freeze law during which the negotiations will take place at the President's residence.

"During the past few weeks, and especially during the last week, I made every effort to reach broad agreements with the government and the coalition. There were many people, both within the protest and within my own party, who did not like it," said Lapid. "I respect their opinion, but it was my duty to try. I believe that we must make every effort to prevent the disintegration of the army, the collapse of the economy, and a rift among the people of Israel. It is true that the primary responsibility lies with the government, but if we have an extreme and messianic government that cannot be relied upon, at least we in the opposition should make every effort to prevent the disintegration of the State of Israel."

According to him, "On Monday, both the President and I thought that there was already an agreement ready for signing. But then Yariv Levin and Ben Gvir threatened to break up the government. The Prime Minister panicked, gave in to them, and The Clause of Reasonability passed in the most extreme form possible."

"Since the law passed, the government is talking about returning to negotiations. This is exactly what the expression 'murder and also inherit' was written about. How are we supposed to believe you again? Right now, you have proven that you cannot be trusted," he added and criticized. "My role, and the role of the entire opposition, is not to arrange visits for Netanyahu to The White House and not to calm the rating agencies that Netanyahu lied to. If the government wants to reach broad agreements, the burden of proof is on them."

In continuation, Lapid turned to the Prime Minister and proposed, "The only possible solution, and the only thing that will enable a return to negotiations, is a legislative freeze. The government and the opposition should jointly legislate an 18-month freeze during which the negotiations will take place at the President's residence. Even during these 18 months, it will be possible to legislate laws related to judicial oversight and the separation of powers, but only with a two-thirds majority - meaning a genuine agreement between the coalition and the opposition, and among all segments of the people."

"Such a freeze was part of the agreement we were about to sign, so the government should not have a problem signing it. It is also a clear interest of Likud members of Knesset who understand that without it, they cannot continue," he concluded. "As long as there is no legislative freeze, there is no point and no logic in talking about other laws or other agreements because it is clear that the government will again back away at the last moment. Netanyahu, show that you control your coalition and that you can take steps for the good of the country. Once this law passes, we will re-enter negotiations with a genuine desire to fix what needs fixing."


Do not send comments that include inflammatory words, defamation, and content that exceeds the limit of good taste.

Hamas leaders, Qatar

Hamas leaders forced to relocate

The leadership of Hamas have been reportedly kicked out of Qatar amid pressure for a ceasefire deal in Gaza. 

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 21:09

Israel-Gaza war, Rafah

Is the IDF's operation in Rafah coming to an end?

IDF Chief Says major progress has been made in destroying Hamas' Rafah Brigade. "We have a very high record in the Rafah battles, and I tell you, I appreciate that very much," Halevi said.

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 20:35

Iran, Israel Hezbollah war 

Taliban to take 'joint action' against Israel

As a potential war with Hezbollah in Lebanon brews, Iran and the terror group the Taliban have announced their interest in becoming involved in a war against Israel.

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 20:01

Anti-Israel, Pro-Hamas protests

"Appauling" Biden reacts to anti-Israel protest outside synagogue

After violence broke out yesterday when Pro-Palestinian protestors clashed with Pro-Israeli's just outside the Adas Torah synagogue in LA, US president Biden condemns the attack.

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 19:15

IDF, Hostage update

After the IDF spokesman's announcement: This is the number of abductees who are not alive

Following the IDF spokesperson's announcement regarding the fall of IDF soldier Muhammad Elatrash in battle, who was defined as a captive, the number of captives identified as deceased has risen to 45.

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 18:32

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

Hamas leaders preparing to leave Qatar - to where?

The National, an English language Emirati paper, reports that Hamas political leaders are planning to leave Qatar rather than yield to American pressure to agree to a hostage deal.

Avi Woolf | 17:47

Israel-Gaza War, Hezbollah

Watch: IDF strikes deep inside Lebanon

The IDF struck Hezbollah aerial defense systems in Baalbek deep inside Lebanon.

Avi Woolf | 17:35

Israel-Gaza War, October 7

Netanyahu to meet survivors of October 7 Hamas attack at Nir Oz

The Prime Minister made this decision after receiving a letter from the residents of Nir Oz beseeching him to understand the experience of being abandoned and defenseless.

Avi Woolf | 17:19

Politics, Netanyahu, Hostage deal

Deal or no deal: backlash following Netanyahu's interview 

Netanyahu sparks controversy as he agrees to hostage deal but not a permanent pause in fighting. Such comments seem to go against the last ceasefire deal accepted by Israel, causing contradictions regarding Israel's exact goals for the war and its potential end. 

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 17:18

Israel-Gaza War, Hostages

GRAPHIC: Video of hostages being taken on October 7

A Hamas video showing the kidnapping of Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Or Levy, and Eliya Cohen was released today with the families' permission.

Avi Woolf | 16:41

IDF Gaza airstrikes, Hamas 

IDF kills senior Hamas operative

A prominent Hamas leader who developed weapons for the terrorist group was killed in a drone strike in the Gaza Strip yesterday, the Israeli military claims.

Eliana Fleming, JFeed Staff | 16:16

Israel-Gaza War

How many Palestinians have left the Gaza Strip?

The London-based Saudi paper al-Majalla reported that a surprising number of Palestinians have left the Gaza Strip entirely.

JFeed Staff | 16:04