Yair Lapid sits to the right of convicted terrorist Natan Nathanson and across from Naftali Bennett
When Nathan Eshel, the former bureau chief of Netanyahu and admitted sexual harasser, was proffered by the Prime Minister as his coalition negotiator in January, Israeli Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced that he would refuse to sit in any meetings with the scoundrel who had abused his secretary.
Lapid’s moral standards were on display again when he was spotted this month by Israeli blogger Tal Schneider seated at a table in heated negotiations over ultra-Orthodox national service obligations with Natan Nathanson.
Nathanson happens to be a felon who was convicted of membership in a terrorist organization — the Jewish Underground — in June 1980 after participating in a string of bombing attacks against Palestinian mayors. The attacks left Nablus Mayor Bassam Shakaa without his legs. Karim Khalaf, then the mayor of Ramallah, lost a foot in the Jewish Underground bombings.
Lapid has not yet stated whether he was aware of Nathanson’s history.