Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog called upon the public not to attend Tuesday night's rally in Tel Aviv that was organized by the family of Elor Azaria, the IDF soldier who shot a neutralized Palestinian terrorist in the head in Hebron.
Herzog spoke at an event at Jerusalem's Van Leer Institute in which an award named after his father, the late president Chaim Herzog, was presented to former IDF OC Human Resources, Orna Barbivai.
"The honor of the IDF, which is our national spine, is facing a brutal, wicked, cynical, and damaging attack," Herzog said. "I understand the pain of the Azaria family but I call upon them not to turn their harsh and complex incident into a campaign against the IDF, its values, and its authority. Such a campaign would not serve the best interests of their son and only help irresponsible politicians, Internet bullies, and publicity-seeking singers."
Herzog said it was significant that no minister or senior figure of the Likud, Yesh Atid, or Zionist Union was attending the rally.
"It is a rally of the extreme Right that is intended to weaken the values of the IDF," Herzog said. "It harms the spirit of the IDF and supports rebellion. Stop the witch hunt, and let the IDF provide security."
Herzog's point of view received rare support from his Zionist Union rival, MK Shelly Yacimovich.