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Herzog's opposition strong, but headstrong

Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog is confronted with an opposition that is larger, stronger and more complex than it has been for years, but his position as its head could be challenged.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Isaac Herzog, co-leader of the Zionist Union party after he was sworn to office in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, following the mid-March general elections, in Jerusalem May 14, 2015. Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled from the outset by its razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts. REUETRS/Jim Hollander/Pool - RTX1D0Z3
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Opposition chairman Isaac Herzog took the stand in the Knesset the evening of May 14 and surprised lawmakers, even those of his own party.

Having failed to convince the public during the election campaign and its aftermath that he was sincere in pledging not to join a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Herzog went on the offensive. Suddenly he was sounding unfettered and sincere when he suggested that the prime minister appoint someone from his Likud Party as foreign minister because he, Herzog, had no intention of entering such a losing government.

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