When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chose to dissolve his government last November and call for new elections he didn’t expect a formidable challenge from the Labor party leader Isaac Herzog.
Herzog is the closest thing Israel has to a patrician politician. His father, Chaim Herzog, was an Israeli army general and the sixth president of Israel and his grandfather was the first chief rabbi of Ireland. And while the 54-year-old Isaac Herzog has served four times as a government minister since 2004, few have seen him as having the charisma some believe is necessary to be Israel’s prime minister.
But opinion polls show Herzog, who heads an electoral list which combines the Labor and Hatnua parties, with a clear lead. One of the latest polls, by Israel’s Channel 2, showed Herzog’s Zionist Union with 25 Knesset seats in parliament in comparison to 21 for Netanyahu and his Likud…
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