Police nix foul play in ‘stoning’ of Herzog’s car

Stones that shattered windshield of opposition leader’s wife’s car were likely kicked up by tire of passing vehicle

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog (left) and his wife, Michal, during a television interview (screen capture: YouTube/MEDIAIBA)
Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog (left) and his wife, Michal, during a television interview (screen capture: YouTube/MEDIAIBA)

The stones that cracked the windshield and broke a side window on a car driven by Michal Herzog, wife of opposition leader Isaac Herzog, were not thrown by villains but were likely kicked up by the wheel of a passing vehicle, police said on Tuesday.

Initial fears were that Herzog had been the victim of a deliberate attack after her car was struck as she drove away from the couple’s Tel Aviv home on Monday evening.

Herzog was unharmed, but police quickly arrived and began searching for a possible assailant who might have thrown stones at the vehicle.

Minister of Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz quickly put out a condemnation of the assumed attack, the Hebrew-language Haaretz reported.

“My heart is with Michal Herzog and her husband, Boojie [Isaac] and against the violent and dangerous bullies who threw stones at her vehicle,” Steinitz said. “Acts like these threaten all public figures and the democracy that is dear to all of us.”

However, a police review of a security camera in the area showed another car that passed by just as Herzog was setting out. Investigators concluded that the vehicle’s wheels flicked two stones up from the road, which hit the Herzogs’ car.

Herzog, as leader of the Zionist Union parliamentary faction, was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival in the recent elections. Although coalition talks are still underway to form a government, Herzog has declared that he intends to lead the opposition.

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