Addressing the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 22, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid returned the two-state solution to center stage. “Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution. I am one of them,” said Lapid.
Still, while the stage and the audience were international, Lapid’s words were directed to Israeli public opinion. In fact, more than a diplomatic speech, it was a political speech at the height of an election campaign. Clearly, the speech should allow Lapid to assume the mantle of the leader of Israel’s center-left, and the bloc’s candidate for the role of prime minister.