Isaac Herzog is the new head of state of Israel. The current president of the Jewish Agency ed former leader of the Labor Party, 60, was elected in the first ballot by the Knesset – the parliament of Jerusalem – with 87 votes, one of the largest majorities ever achieved. The other candidate – the more conservative educator Miriam Peretz – only got 26 votes and failed to become the country’s first female president.
“I’ll be the president of all. I will listen to any position and to any person ”. With these words, the newly elected president thanked those who voted for him and underlined the importance of building “Bridges and agreements” within Israeli society. Defending the international position of the state and its “good name among the nations” are the challenges that, according to Herzog, should not be underestimated. The prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu he congratulated on the result, wishing him a “great success” on behalf of all Israeli citizens.
Herzog is theeleventh president of Israel and will replace the outgoing Reuven Rivlin at the end of his mandate, on July 9, the date on which the oath will take place. The newly elected head of state has a long political tradition behind him: he is in fact the son of Chaim Herzog, ambassador of the Jewish state at United Nations, before serving as president for ten years, from 1983 to 1993. His grandfather was the first chief rabbi of Israel, while his uncle, Abba Eban, held diplomatic posts and was foreign minister between 1966 and 1974.
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