Herzog: Labor Once Again Becoming a Ruling Party

Labor chairman Herzog and Hatnua chairwoman Livni speak about elections - joint party would receive 23 seats in most recent poll.

Cynthia Blank ,

Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni
Yitzhak Herzog and Tzipi Livni
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At a Labor party meeting Monday afternoon, Chairman Yitzhak Herzog stated his intentions to form a large "centrist" leftist bloc and take over control of the country. 

Last Friday evening Channel 10 News reported that Hatnua chairwoman Tzipi Livni and Herzog were very close to reaching an agreement under which they will run together in the next elections. Herzog would, however, need to clear it with the entire Labor party before declaring a final agreement. 

"The Labor party is once again becoming a ruling party," the chairman stated, "and we will achieve this by being part of a large bloc with the good of the country before us." 

Herzog stressed, "We will take the country in a completely different direction than the previous governments. We need to give up ego, find true cooperation, and work together - the result will be a great Labor party." 

"We will lead the country to a better future," Herzog concluded. 

Netanyahu is "scared"

For her part, Tzipi Livni, Herzog's possible ally in March, spent Monday afternoon discussing the upcoming elections and attacking Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

Livni claimed that Netanyahu's decision to hold elections was because he was both "scared of and stressed out by his ministers." 

Regarding the elections Livni stated, "This is an opportunity to replace the current prime minister and form a government that stands on two foundations."

Elaborating, she continued, "the first is making serious policy and security decisions from a place of deep understanding of the challenges and the right solutions. The second is to maintain Israel's equal status as a Jewish and democratic state, as written in the Declaration of Independence." 

Finally, Livni addressed the public, calling on them to remember what Netanyahu has done in the past every time they hear the words "Prime Minister." 

According to a Panels Politics poll released Monday morning, a pact between Labor and Hatnua would win 23 Knesset seats in March, edging out the Likud party's 21. 

However, in the event Hatnua and Labor do not run on a joint list, Labor would gain 17 seats, while Livni's Hatnua Party would not pass the Knesset threshold of 3.5%. 

The results bear striking similarities to a poll conducted last week by the Rafi SmithInstitute for Globes, which projected that the leftist pact would gain 24 seats in the Knesset, two more than Likud.