JERUSALEM, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Isaac Herzog took leadership Friday of Israel's Labor Party, the opposition party in parliament, promising a focus on promoting peace with Palestinians.
Herzog, 53, a parliament member since 2003 and a lawyer, is part of a dynasty in Israeli politics. His father -- a military leader and diplomat -- was Israeli president from 1983 to 1993, and his grandfather, Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of modern Israel, The New York Times noted.
Although the Labor Party, and more broadly the Israeli left, has been in decline for a decade, Herzog intends to mount a vigorous challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-leaning government, the newspaper said.
"Only bold steps toward peace with the Palestinians will enable us to break through on all fronts," he said Friday. "I am not sure, I have grave doubts, whether Prime Minister Netanyahu understands this and if he's working toward it."