By Mick Krever, CNN
It may not be Yair Lapid’s job, but he certainly has a lot to say about foreign policy.
“If you want to negotiate you better have a big stick in your hand – or in this case a big Tomahawk,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour of negotiations with Syria on Tuesday. “It’s the Middle East; you have to have sticks with the carrots.”
Lapid, a former journalist and TV presenter, threw a wrench into Israeli politics when his upstart moderate party, Yesh Atid, took second place in the last election.
He is clearly a man with ambitions. He was widely rumored to have wanted the post of foreign minister; he was given finance. Most observers assume he covets the prime minister’s office.
So it’s no surprise that he has plenty to say about some of the top international issues on Israel’s agenda: Syria and Iran.
His views come down to this: Words are great, but we care about deeds.
“Unless there is a credible threat, all the negotiations [on Syria] are just empty words,” he said. “This is not over. It won’t be over until all weapons of mass destruction will be out of Syria. Then we will know this whole move has succeeded.”
Imagine a world where you can own a Picasso for the price of an opera ticket, and save an archaeological treasure at the same time.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour has the story.