US President Barack Obama congratulated new Labor leader Isaac Herzog in a
conversation between the two at the Saban Forum in Washington.
also met in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry and National
Security Adviser Susan Rice.
Herzog told Rice that his Labor party would
support Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should he take a serious step toward a
peace agreement with the Palestinians.
He criticized Foreign Minister
Avigdor Liberman for downplaying chances for a diplomatic
“Netanyahu has a majority in the Knesset to move forward
with the diplomatic process,” Herzog told Rice.
“It is in Israel’s best
interest to separate from the Palestinians, and we, despite the fact that we are
in the opposition, will support the government if Netanyahu will do the right
thing and advance the peace process.”
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