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Israeli labor leader calls for new peace talks with Palestinians

Labor Party head Isaac Herzog said he wants to lead a new centrist coalition in Israeli politics and predicts new elections next year.
Isaac Herzog (R), the newly elected head of Israel's left-of-centre Labour Party, speaks during a news conference after his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah December 1, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX15ZO7

Israeli Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for emerging from a 50-day war in Gaza with “no real strategy” and said Israel should take advantage of an emerging moderate Arab coalition to try again to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

Herzog, who is known in Israel by his nickname "Buji," made the comments on Sept. 9 at the Brookings Institution in his first major speech in the United States since his election as head of the Labor Party a year ago.

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