Shimon Peres Endorses Zionist Union's Herzog for Prime Minister

'He is the kind of leader that will know how to bridge gaps, and bring together Israeli society with the glue of solidarity and hope,' former Israeli president says of Isaac Herzog.

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Isaac Herzog and Shimon Peres
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Jonathan Lis
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Former Israeli President Shimon Peres officially announced Thursday that he supports Zionist Union candidate Isaac Herzog for prime minister in the upcoming elections.

He "is a level-headed leader, full of responsibility for the Israeli public. I am certain he is suited for the position of prime minister," Peres said.

The former president said that as "the Israeli democracy is approaching election day. It is natural that people have disparate views and that they vote according to their conscience. As for me – I support Isaac Herzog for the premiership. I have known Herzog and his family for many years. I've seen him up-close skillfully filling senior positions, and taking part in discussion and decisions of utmost importance for the future of Israel."

Peres added that he was sure "Isaac Herzog is suited to the position of prime minister and he is the kind of leader that will know how to bridge gaps, and bring together Israeli society with the glue of solidarity and hope."

Likud slammed former President Shimon Peres' endorsement of Isaac Herzog for prime minister.

"Of course Shimon Peres, an avowed leftist, supports 'Bougie' and Tzipi [Livni]: He's an architecht of the Oslo Accords, he enthusiastically supported the disengagement, and advocates for withdrawal from the West Bank."

"That's exactly what Bougie and Tzipi will do as heads of a leftist government, with the support of the Arab party."

Earlier this week, Peres's former spokeswoman Ayelet Frish told Channel 2 Peres was thinking of endorsing Herzog.

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