JERUSALEM -- Among the Israeli politicians who lined up by the dozens to shake President Obama's hand Wednesday on his arrival was Yair Lapid, the rising secular star of Israel's politics.

Lapid was a popular former television journalist who last year formed Yesh Atid, a political party that sought to address the hopes and concerns of secular, moderate Israelis - the hundreds of thousands concerned by the quality of Israeli schools, the job market, the state-sanctioned privileges that benefit some religious Israelis, and other quotidian issues not directly related to Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.