Herzog Defends 'Unflattering' Film Portrayal

Calling the actions of staff members 'regular' for election period, Labor leader admits "Herzog" film wasn't the most successful endeavor.

Shlomo Pitrikovsky, Cynthia Blank ,

Yitzhak and Michal Herzog
Yitzhak and Michal Herzog
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Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Yitzhak Herzog commented for the first time Sunday morning on the documentary "Herzog" which was broadcast on Channel 10 over the past two weeks. 

"Herzog" documents the Zionist Union's campaign during Israel's last elections, centered around Herzog as a prime ministerial contender.

The film presented an unflattering picture of the conduct of Herzog's campaign staff during the election, from ineffective campaign tactics to campaign manager Reuven Adler announcing on public television that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would be reelected. 

In an interview with Channel 10 on Sunday morning, Herzog said that "in retrospect, I can say that this wasn't the most successful thing, but I'm taking it all in proportion. I was not afraid to show what happens behind this or that event."

Yet, according to Herzog, the film did not reflect a full picture of what went on before and during the elections.

"It shows mostly failures, but that's not the full picture," Herzog asserted. "It's a particular optical illusion. Ultimately, the election result is impressive. 800,000 citizens voted for "Emet" (Labor party ballot) - the most since the days of [former Prime Minister Yitzhak] Rabin."

Herzog also argued that the events documented in the film are not irregular for a political campaign. 

"You would see things just as bad with every other candidate in the same situation. It would be good to know, for example, what happened in Netanyahu's yard."

"There is nothing catastrophic in this film," Herzog continued. "These were real things that happen in every election campaign."