JERUSALEM — Isaac Herzog, the leader of Israel’s Labor party and the main opponent of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in next month’s elections, said Tuesday that if elected he would work to revive peace talks with the Palestinians and curb settlement building in the West Bank.
Calling Netanyahu’s speech next week to the U.S. Congress “a mistake,” he asserted that there should be “no daylight” between Israel and the Obama administration on an emerging deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
Herzog, 54, heads the Zionist Union alliance with Tzipi Livni, a former justice minister who leads a small centrist party. Polls have shown their joint slate is in a neck-and-neck race with Netanyahu’s Likud party.
Casting himself as the only candidate capable of unseating Netanyahu at the polls, Herzog sidestepped the question of whether he might join him in a national unity government should either leader be unable to form a majority coalition.