Herzog and Yechimovich (R), in better times
Herzog and Yechimovich (R), in better times Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Corruption allegations against Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Yitzhak Herzog may cause a dramatic change in Israel's political climate, MK and longtime Labor party leader Shelly Yechimovich opined Tuesday. 

"There is no doubt that the situation is not good," Yechimovich stated to Channel 2. "It's causing damage to the party." 

"I'm sure Yitzhak will look at the situation and at events and, if necessary, make some decisions," Yechimovich stated.

Yechimovich reflected, as well, that the media would have been far harsher upon her if she were subject to the investigation - especially since Herzog is being investigated over a possible breach of funding laws when he defeated her in the 2013 Labor primaries. 

"We need to keep our hand on the pulse to see what developments are and to make decisions accordingly," she added. 

"At this stage, when there is not a formal statement from the Attorney General announcing a criminal investigation, we have no right to demand he resign immediately - and I would not do it in any case."

History repeating itself?

Herzog has denied the suspicions against him, and accused members of his own party of instigating the investigation as part of an "election campaign," while threatening that he would "kick" back.

The Zionist Union chairperson was involved in the 1999 "Amutot Barak" (Barak NGOs) scandal, in which it was charged that then Prime Minister Ehud Barak breached the party funding laws. In the case Herzog maintained his right to silence, forcing the attorney general to close the case against him due to a lack of evidence. 

Likewise, Herzog was accused of another funding scandal in the elections last March via the foreign funded V-15 group - but he again kept silent.

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