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Yosef Lapid, a senior editor of the daily Maariv, was named Secretary General of the newly formed Liberal Center Party Thursday. He was appointed by the party’s unofficial leadership–Mayor Shlomo Lehat of Tel Aviv, Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, and Yitzhak Berman, a former Speaker of the Knesset.

The Liberal Center Party was founded several months ago by disaffected members of the Liberal Party wing of Likud. It will hold internal elections soon.

Lapid retired last year after a five-year term as Director General of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, which runs the country’s radio and television. He has long been a senior staffer at Maariv, where he wrote food and travel columns.

Politically he is considered to the right of center. On the question of the future of the administered territories, he said the Liberal Center platform wants “what most Israelis want: a solution that avoids the twin dangers of a binational state and a security risk.”

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