The leader of the center-left opposition and possible future Prime Minister of Israel Isaac Herzog said that he was willing to strengthen relations with Russia, where He visited and which, according to him, has always been fascinated.
in the parliamentary elections, the results of which will form the next government, the Duke is at the head of the unit " the Zionist camp, which, guided by the polls, ahead of the present ruling right-wing party, Likud current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Russia makes me respect. I have been there many times, and Russia has always fascinated me again. Maybe this is due to Russian roots from my wife's family and my own family, " He said in the interview with Russian media.
"I very much would wish to strengthen relations with Russia, to improve them so that I was able to have an open dialogue, and among them even, perhaps, to Express any concerns regarding this or other political steps. But, of course, such a relationship that will benefit both peoples, " continued the Duke.
amid tensions between Russia and several countries in the West because of the events in Ukraine, Israel occupies a position of neutrality. He is not involved in anti-sanctions and are not subject to Russian countermeasures. The theme of relations with Russia has not been the subject culminating in Israel's election campaign.
The Duke did not answer the question about the attitude to the events in Ukraine and around it, explaining that does not have all the information." of course, this conflict can not bother, it involves the majority civilians. I can close this issue to do when I start working and I will have all the facts, " He said.
The Duke, who this year celebrates 55 years, is the sixth son of Israeli President Chaim Herzog, grandson of the first Ashkenazi chief Rabbi of the country of Isaac Ha-Levi Herzog nephew of one of the most famous Ministers of foreign Affairs of Abba Eban. He served in an elite unit of the army's signals intelligence 8200, made legal career, he was Secretary of the government, supervised by the national office of the battle with drugs and four different ministries, led the parliamentary opposition.