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    Default Underdog Isaac Herzog could be Israel's next prime minister

    Underdog Isaac Herzog could be Israel's next prime minister - CNN.com

    Underdog Isaac Herzog could be Israel's next prime minister

    By Oren Liebermann, CNN

    Updated 1238 GMT (2038 HKT) March 16, 2015

    CNN)Outside of Israeli politics, Isaac Herzog is not a well-known name. That may change on March 17, when Israelis head to the polls for election day. In the final round of polling before the elections, Herzog's Zionist Union party is in the lead, holding a four-seat edge over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.

    "I believe in a certain type of leadership that is not always customary in this region. I'm not a general. I don't give orders. I know how to work together," he says.

    Throughout the campaign, Herzog has been seen as an underdog, lacking the charisma and the English fluency of Netanyahu. Herzog says that doesn't bother him at all.

    "I have always suffered from a certain underestimation," Herzog said, "and I have always surprised." He promised, "I will surprise again, and I will show my leadership and stamina."

    Herzog began his political career in 2003, when he first won a seat in the Knesset with the Labor Party. He held a variety of ministerial positions, including minister of housing and construction, minister of tourism, and minister of welfare and social services, before becoming leader of the Labor Party in 2013. In those elections, he also became the leader of the opposition, as Benjamin Netanyahu won another term as prime minister.

    But when Netanyahu called for early elections in 2014, Herzog pegged his bid for the premiership on social reform.

    "What I run for is social justice. I will change the nature of the division of wealth in a fair and more balanced way, close inequality and give a sense of purpose to the people here in the workplace, in the housing, and in the cost of living," promised Herzog.

    Before the election, the issue of a nuclear Iran garnered international headlines as it further aggravated tense relations between the White House and Netanyahu. Herzog, in a speech almost immediately after Netanyahu's address to Congress, promised to work with the United States and European powers, not against, to ensure the safety of Israel. He echoed that sentiment in an interview with CNN's Elise Labott.

    "A nuclear-armed Iran is dangerous to world peace, is dangerous to our region, is dangerous to Israel. As leader of Israel, I will never accept a nuclear-armed Iran. Never. And all options are on the table."

    In these elections, negotiations with the Palestinians haven't been one of the major issues, but Herzog promised to restart the stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

    "I will do my best to ignite a political process with our Palestinian neighbors. ... Although I cannot promise 100% results, I promise 100% effort."

    Herzog comes from Israeli political royalty. His grandfather, Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, was the first chief rabbi of the state of Israel. His father, Chaim Herzog, was an Army general, an ambassador to the United Nations and the president of Israel. Herzog believes it is his destiny to be the next prime minister of Israel.

    "What I carry with me is a unique legacy, a family legacy, but most important, an experience that brings me to be able to lead our nation."

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    All I can say at this point is that I really hope Bibi gets the boot this time. He is a man without conscience, integrity or insight.
    IN SERIO FATVITAS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    All I can say at this point is that I really hope Bibi gets the boot this time. He is a man without conscience, integrity or insight.
    And his Beauty Palace is an abomination.

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    I saw Chuck Norris campaigning for the existing government, they want a fourth term.

    They talk about the centre right and centre left but in the Israel context I think its far right and not so far right but still right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Hatter View Post
    All I can say at this point is that I really hope Bibi gets the boot this time. He is a man without conscience, integrity or insight.
    When the alternative has been in office or when there has been less extreme candidates they have been subject to assasination though, so I kind of think the fact that there is an opposition who want to pursue election is a mark of courage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    When the alternative has been in office or when there has been less extreme candidates they have been subject to assasination though
    or unruly coalition partners, or some sort of corruption scandal, or a mixture of any of these. From the outside, Israeli politics often really look a bit messy.

    They talk about the centre right and centre left but in the Israel context I think its far right and not so far right but still right.
    Can't say much about Yitzhak Herzog (but then again it's my impression that nobody really can), but considering that Livni had once been part of Sharon's cabinet, I think it's fair to describe her as centre right. If Herzog really should win, I wonder how big his influence would be.
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    This has me excited. As usual, the crowd that's to the left of Stalin is poo-pooing the potential of this, because it's not a "radical" enough development. Whatever.
    [Trump's] rhetoric is not an abuse of power. In the same way that it's also not against the law to do a backflip off of the roof of your house onto your concrete driveway. It's just mind-numbingly stupid and, to say the least, counterproductive. - Bush did 9-11


    This is not going to go the way you think....

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    Well, looks like a stalemate, which would give Netanyahu a slight advantage. He should learn from his part mistakes and include even sillier parties in his new coaliton. I predict that whatever government he forms, it won't see the end of the year.
    IN SERIO FATVITAS.

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