Isaac Herzog insists Zionist Union’s fate is not yet sealed by tonight’s exit polls.
“We achieved something extraordinary today,” he tells cheering supporters. “Since the elections of 1992, the election of Yitzhak Rabin, may his memory be blessed, we haven’t achieved such a result. This result enables us to return to power, and since we’re going to wait for the true results — every result right now is an exit poll — everything is still open.”
Herzog says he “spoke today with every relevant party leader. We don’t know the final results because some parties are on the edge of the electoral threshold. I intend to make every effort to put together a socially conscious government for Israel, a good government, a government that returns Israel to be a Jewish and democratic state, a socially aware country that strives for peace with our neighbors. I call on all the relevant factions to unite behind me for a government of reconciliation for Israel.”
He tells supporters: “There won’t be any decisions taken tonight. Everyone can go to sleep. You gave your heart and soul. Thank you.”