Herzog vows to build 'Israeli Democratic Party' for next election

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
November 10, 2015 10:04

Could the next general election in Israel feature a face-off between two blocs called the Israeli Republican and Democratic parties?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's associates have been speaking for several weeks about him trying to build an "Israeli Republican Party," a bloc of right-wing and Orthodox parties that would run for Knesset together.

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog responded to the challenge in Washington late Monday, revealing that he intends to create a Center-Left alternative that he believes can beat Netanyahu's bloc.

"I think I can build the Israeli Democratic party," Herzog said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on stage at the Jewish Federations of North America general assembly. "What I meant is that the only way to change the Israeli political scene is by joining forces with many elements together when Labor leads the camp."

Herzog said he would not call the bloc the Democratic Party. But he said he believes he could bring many forces together to win an election and lead.

"We will fight for our values," he said.  "More than ever our voice is needed."


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