Posted on: April 16, 2023 Posted by: Mitchell Plitnick Comments: 0

It was easy to miss, but Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid was in the U.S. last week, visiting with American Jewish leaders and a couple of members of Congress.

Lapid is himself not in a great political position right now as the notable plummet Benjamin Netanyahu has taken in the Israeli polls has benefited Benny Gantz, not, as one might expect, Opposition Leader Lapid. Still, he tried to reassure pro-Israel Jewish leaders as well as Israel advocates in Congress Ritchie Torres and Jerry Nadler that all would be well.

The meetings were closed-door, but those Lapid met with are not fools. They know his assurances mean little. It is a mark of the growing gap between Israel and Democrats, as well as American Jews, that Lapid, with so little behind him in Israel, is the best messenger Israel has. I look at this and more in my latest at Mondoweiss.