Isaac Herzog may have just lost his position as head of the Labor party, but he remains head of the Knesset opposition and a determined activist for peace. “We have to present a vision of hope to both peoples, to their young generations, to our children and we can do it. We need simply to take bold steps,” he has said.
Indeed, Herzog revealed in June 2017 that negotiations undertaken a year before under Egyptian auspices “yielded a document that would have changed the face of the Middle East,” though political considerations eventually torpedoed the effort.
Herzog is also serving as something of an unofficial ambassador against BDS, which he believes can be defeated through collective action.
“This is the role of the Jewish people. To unite, and work together, to combat outside threats,” he recently told the World Jewish Congress. This can be done “by telling the truth, by confronting the rivals or the enemies for that matter, with the weapon of truth, and presenting the real case for Israel, and explaining the root cause of the conflict and the solutions of the conflict.” (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)