Belfast Paper Highlights Israeli Candidate's Irish Roots

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog was born in Tel Aviv, but his father, former President Chaim Herzog, was born in Belfast.

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With Israel's upcoming election coinciding with St. Patrick's Day, the Belfast Telegraph could not help but notice the Irish roots of Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog.

While Herzog was born in Tel Aviv, his late father, former President Chaim Herzog, was born in Belfast in 1918. The elder Herzog moved to Dublin in 1922, when his father, Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, was appointed chief rabbi of Ireland, according to the Belfast Times.

"So, on St Patrick's Day, many Israelis are hoping the luck of the Irish rubs off on 'Bougie' Herzog and that a new left-wing government drags the Jewish state back from the brink of a right-wing abyss," concluded the paper, referring to Herzog's nickname.

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