Isaac Herzog, a veteran of the Labor Party, was elected the eleventh president of the State of Israel. Eighty-seven Knesset members voted for Herzog, while 27 voted for her rival – Miriam Perez, an educator and mother who lost her two sons in battle. This is the highest majority ever recorded in Israel’s history.
Herzog, 60, is considered an Israeli aristocrat. His father, Chaim Herzog, was the sixth President of Israel, and his uncle Abba Eben was the Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador of Israel to the United States and the UN Yitzhak is named after his grandfather. , Israel’s first chief rabbi. He was widely regarded as the frontrunner due to his deep ties to the political establishment.
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Herzog was a leader of the Labor Party and is currently the chairman of the Jewish Agency. The non-profit organization promotes Jewish immigration to Israel and strengthens ties with Jewish communities around the world.
After the results were announced, Herzog made a brief statement. “I plan to be everyone’s president,” he said. “Healing the bleeding wounds in our society and combating anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel is crucial to protect the pillars of our democracy.
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The role of the President of Israel is considered a ceremonial role, but the former presidents who have held this position have shaped the role according to their traits and aspirations.
The president is responsible for bringing in a political party leader to form ruling coalitions after legislative elections. Israel has held four national elections in the past two years amid a protracted political crisis. The president also has the power to grant pardons, creating a potentially sensitive situation as Netanyahu stands on trial on a slew of corruption charges.
Herzog is an opposition leader who ran unsuccessfully against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the 2015 parliamentary elections.
Herzog stressed during his two-week campaign that his goal is to strengthen the cohesion of Israel’s sector groups and strengthen ties with Jewish communities in the diaspora, mainly in the United States.
He will be sworn in for a single seven-year term on July 9.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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