Labor Party militants have designated Isaac Herzog as their leader.
The grandson of the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel and son of Israeli President Chaim Herzog (1983-93), Herzog seems to be more attuned to the Palestinian problem than his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Isaac Herzog served during four years in the elite Electronic Intelligence Unit 8200 of Tsahal and remains a reserve officer to this day. He has been a member of the Knesset since 2003.

The outcome of the vote by the 5 000 members of the Party came as a surprise: the polls having put him in a losing position, far behind Shelly Yachimovich, who had the support of the parliamentarians. However, the honesty of the vote hasn’t been publicly challenged.

M. Herzog’s election rekindles the question of the Labor Party’s participation in the Likoud government, and of it’s engagement in the negotiations organized by the United States with the Palestinians.

Alizée Ville