Lapid tells Israel Radio:
"I did think, when I saw a picture on the TV of an old woman on all fours in the ruins of her home looking under some floor tiles for her medicines — I did think, 'What would I say if it were my grandmother?'"
Israelis are very sensitive to any comparison between Jewish experiences during the Holocaust and Israeli treatment of the Palestinians, so Lapid's remarks cause some controversy.
Tommy Lapid is the leader of the secular-liberal Shinui party from 1999-2006 and is a strong opponent of the ultra-orthodox political parties in Israel. Lapid also works hard to exclude religious observances from the Israeli state's legal and political structures. Speaking about the religious-national right, he says: