Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yair Lapid: Video of what a poor boxer he was 20 years ago

Tablet Magazine  discovers an old video clip of Yair Lapid outclassed in the boxing ring  Tablet - vacuous celebrity candidates are bad news "But slogans and gimmicks—Lapid playing Beatles songs on his guitar in front of adoring audiences, ... —are one thing. Deficits are another. Israel’s currently stands at nearly $10 billion, equivalent to 4.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, double the number originally allotted for by the state’s budget. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz have sworn up and down that taxes would not be raised nor deep spending cuts enacted. It’s hard to imagine how either measure is avoidable en route to recovery."


13 comments :

  1. So maybe he's suffering from dementia pugilistica

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  2. Are you suggesting we put him back in the ring, this time against some random Gadol?

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  3. do haredim who watch this video derive any kind of permitted schadenfreude?
    He is simply outclassed by his opponent, who looks like a professional.
    Thai /kickboxing is a very dangerous sport, and it is good that he didn't remain in it.

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  4. OK, Lapid lost a stupid kick- boxing match, but look at what Bennett lost:

    http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000851287&fid=1725

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    1. Bennett already made millions by selling his own company that he created.

      Anyway, I fail to see the point of this video except I do enjoy watching Lapid get clocked since this criminal talk show host wants to give away the Land of Israel to the Arabs. I guess it's making the haredim feel some consolation too since he is ripping them apart in the political arena - they need some relief even if it's vicarious.

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    2. I guess there is no point in crying about spilt milk, even if it was chalav Yisrael

      The Israeli co. Waze was bought by Google for $1.1 Bn.
      Bennett will instead get a decent salary as head of his Party :)

      http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4391116,00.html

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  5. Rabbi Eidensohn, what is the toeles? I think you are better than this.

    -ben dov

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  6. Lacking context this video could be anything, and proves nothing.

    For instance take the Spinks-Tyson fight. Michael Spinks was an Olympic Gold Medalist and a world-champion professional boxer who had successfully defended his title 13 times. Yet he was knocked out at 1min 27secs into the fight with Tyson after seemingly being outmatched(in reality it was a matter of facing a new and different boxing style for which he had not adequately trained).

    Point being that one fight video does not prove that either Lapid or Spinks are horrible boxers. It just proves that they had a bad fight.

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  7. I GUESS YOU BELIEVE OR AT LEAST HOPE HE WILL DO AS WELL IN FIGHT AGAINST THE CHAREIDIM.

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  8. What R' Tzadok said above.

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  9. Recipients and PublicityJune 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    1 of 2:

    In response to some of the questions and puzzlement expressed above, had they bothered to click on the link to the Tablet article they could see the connections it draws with Lapid in the present, so here's what Tablet article had to say:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/134675/watch-yair-lapid-get-beat-down

    "The Scroll: Tablet Magazine on the News

    VIDEO: Watch Yair Lapid Get Beat Down

    It’s a good thing the Finance Minister’s boxing days are over


    By Adam Chandler
    June 11, 2013

    Few things please Tablet senior writer Liel Leibovitz more than drinking a glass of Arak, reading a Leonard Cohen villanelle, or ripping on Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid.

    Imagine the titters that carried throughout the office this morning as old footage of Yair Lapid’s amateur boxing days emerged, showing Lapid as a pasty, Jean-Claude Van Damme manque getting served his lunch by a svelte Israeli kick-boxer.

    Warning: This video is painful to watch, not for its violence, but simply because Lapid is so horrendously outmatched.

    Highlights:

    • Lapid (in the dark trunks) comes out swinging and within five seconds has hit the deck. A few feeble attempts to “sweep the leg, Johnny” end with Lapid getting put down at 3:45 in the video and less than a minute later, the match is over. Adding insult to injury, Lapid’s opponent does some pretty intensive mugging after the fight is called.

    • The random drumming in the background along with the caterwauling of Gesher Tzar Me’od, which is an amazing song for a boxing match if you think about it: “All the world is a narrow bridge, the important thing is not to be afraid.” If you listen closely, there are a few Hebrew chants that I’m not allowed to translate.

    • What to call Yair Lapid’s fro? A Lafro? Sey-ar Lapid?

    • The top comment for this video is a lamentation that Lapid, despite being both a fighter and clearly able to take a pummeling, did not serve in an IDF combat unit.

    Let’s hope some videos of Lapid knocking some people down surface. In the meantime, it looks Lapid should stick to sparring with the ultra-Orthodox in Knesset.

    Related: Beppe Grillo, Italy’s Yair Lapid [Tablet]"

    Then click on the last item and read this, which is even more pertinent:

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/125452/beppe-grillo-italys-yair-lapid

    "Tablet: World

    Beppe Grillo, Italy’s Yair Lapid

    The powerful Italian comedian-turned-politician is further proof that vacuous celebrity candidates are bad news


    By Liel Leibovitz
    February 28, 2013

    Although it might seem unlikely, Israeli voters are no strangers to Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-politician who pulled off a huge upset by winning more than a quarter of the votes in the Italian elections held earlier this week. That’s because Israelis voted for Grillo last month—only then his name was Yair Lapid.

    At first glance, the Italian wildman and the suave journalist appear to have little in common. Grillo, the child of middle-class parents, was shut out of Italian television for years, as the politicians he had accused of corruption didn’t much care for allowing him on the networks they controlled. Lapid, on the other hand, was for more than a decade one of Israel’s most popular TV personalities and is the son of a former minister and the close friend of many of the country’s political Brahmins. Grillo has shaggy curls and a beard; he shouts a lot. Lapid’s perfect thicket of hair is slicked back with gel, and he speaks in that sincere way people who work in front of cameras spend a lifetime fine-tuning."

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  10. Recipients and PublicityJune 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    2 of 2:

    VIDEO: Watch Yair Lapid Get Beat Down: It’s a good thing the Finance Minister’s boxing days are over / Beppe Grillo, Italy’s Yair Lapid: The powerful Italian comedian-turned-politician is further proof that vacuous celebrity candidates are bad news

    But strip both politicians of their stylistic differences, and you have a new kind of menace: no-confidence men, voted in at times of economic crises by electorates that have grown bitterly disenchanted with politics. Both men portray themselves as mavericks, but they’re something far less glamorous: unschooled, impractical, and running the risk of plunging their countries into deeper uncertainty.

    ***

    In true Italian fashion, Grillo’s case is the more operatic. The chief priority of his organization, the Five Star Movement, is cleaning up notoriously corrupt Italian politics, in part by demanding that no politician convicted in a court of law be allowed to represent the people. But Grillo himself was found guilty of negligent homicide in 1980: He lost control of his car, slid into a ravine, and killed three of his passengers, a couple and their young son. This seems to matter very little to Grillo or his supporters.

    An avowed ecologist, Grillo sold his yacht and his Ferrari only after the Italian media pointed out the enormous carbon footprints both vehicles produced. He’s also an avid detractor of institutional politics, having gone as far as holding his movement’s primaries entirely on the Internet and insisting that none of its elected representatives have any prior experience in governing. How such neophytes might rescue Italy from its current tribulations—the country’s young, to mention just one dismal bit of statistics, are currently experiencing a staggering unemployment rate of 36.5 percent—remains unstated; there’s nothing in the Five Star platform that even remotely resembles a coherent economic plan."

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  11. Recipients and PublicityJune 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Final:

    VIDEO: Watch Yair Lapid Get Beat Down: It’s a good thing the Finance Minister’s boxing days are over / Beppe Grillo, Italy’s Yair Lapid: The powerful Italian comedian-turned-politician is further proof that vacuous celebrity candidates are bad news

    Lapid’s style is more muted, but his inherent contradictions are just as evident. He ran on a promise to force the ultra-Orthodox to join either the army or the work force, without ever really saying how he expected to address the immense challenges associated with such a move, such as how to prepare young men who had spent their life studying nothing but Torah to work in an increasingly modernized and technology-dependent economy, or how to reconcile their beliefs with the realities of military service, such as the presence of female instructors and colleagues. He promised to clean up Israel’s corrupt political system without once explaining why he had spent more than a few of his popular columns in Yediot Aharonot, Israel’s highest-circulation daily, defending his friend Ehud Olmert, an emblem, if there ever was one, of that very same system. He vowed to ameliorate the strife of the middle class but made little of the fact that the leading tenet of his economic plan calls on the government to assume the onus of vetting any small business seeking loans. This, of course, is currently the responsibility of the private banks giving out loans; Lapid—formerly the chief celebrity paid endorser of Bank Ha’Poalim, Israel’s largest bank—is eager to use state money to minimize risk for his former employers and pass it on to tax payers.

    At the very least, such considerable incoherencies should be enough to raise substantive doubts concerning both men’s ability to serve as electoral powerbrokers, a position Lapid and Grillo both currently enjoy. But the Israeli talking-head and the Italian insult-comic were both blessed with a platform previously unavailable to populists of their ilk. Grillo communicates with his voters exclusively through his massively popular blog, while Lapid has made groundbreaking use of Facebook, with more than 150,000 followers actively and enthusiastically sharing his posts. Online, free of the usual rhythms that govern the tango between politicians and the press, the two men have been free to speak their mind uninterruptedly and unencumbered by the usual scrutiny that comes with submitting to traditional interviews.

    Their messages matched their medium of choice: Throughout their campaigns, Grillo and Lapid often sounded like the Internet itself, all fury and sound and style and little by way of rational argumentation. And, like memes, their calls to put an end to the old political order spread virally.

    But slogans and gimmicks—Lapid playing Beatles songs on his guitar in front of adoring audiences, Grillo inventing a national holiday dedicated to telling politicians, with not a bit of decorum, what they might go ahead and do to themselves—are one thing. Deficits are another. Israel’s currently stands at nearly $10 billion, equivalent to 4.2 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, double the number originally allotted for by the state’s budget. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz have sworn up and down that taxes would not be raised nor deep spending cuts enacted. It’s hard to imagine how either measure is avoidable en route to recovery. In Italy, too, any attempt at seriously discussing the looming economic catastrophe was nipped in the bud—Mario Monti, the economist who had served as prime minister since 2011 and whose austerity measures provided at least something of a reprieve to the moribund economy, finished a distant fourth in this week’s election..."

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