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Israel elections: Yair Lapid, the man behind the scenes

Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right nationalist Yamina party, might soon ascend to the premiership - the most important role in Israeli politics - as the replacement of longstanding prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

The real engine and mastermind behind this historic development is Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, with whom Bennett announced an alliance on Sunday in a bid to unseat Netanyahu.

Lapid’s most obvious contribution to this development of potentially historic consequences is the fact that while his party won 17 parliamentary seats to Yamina's seven in the last round of elections, he's offering Bennett the chance to serve as prime minister first in a planned role rotation between the two leaders.

At 57 years of age, Lapid is now playing a pivotal part in Israeli politics.