Obama congratulates Herzog at Saban Forum

New opposition leader meets with top US officials in Washington; says will support PM if he takes serious step toward peace deal with PA.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN,
December 8, 2013 02:49
Labor leader Isaac Herzog.

Isaac Herzog 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/ The Jerusalem Post)

 
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US President Barack Obama congratulated new Labor leader Isaac Herzog in a conversation between the two at the Saban Forum in Washington.

Herzog also met in Washington with US Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

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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 breakthrough.

“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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