Veteran politician Isaac Herzog has been elected Israel’s 11th president in a secret poll within the Knesset (parliament).
The 60-year-old former Labor chief would be the first Israeli President who’s the son of a former president. His father Chaim Herzog served as Israel’s Head of State between 1983 and 1993.
Herzog gained the assist of an awesome 87 lawmakers within the 120-member home defeating his rival Miriam Peretz with a cushty margin.
He’ll formally change outgoing President Reuven Rivlin subsequent month, along with his seven-year time period starting on July 9.
Herzog thanked all of the lawmakers who voted for him and stated it was an honour to serve the whole folks of Israel.
“I would be the president of everybody,” Herzog stated.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Herzog on his election as Israel’s subsequent president. “I want him luck within the identify of all Israeli residents, he stated.
Herzog was Netanyahu’s opponent within the 2015 elections for prime minister.
Herzog is presently the top of the Jewish Company – a nonprofit that works with the federal government to advertise immigration to Israel. He has served as a lawmaker within the Israeli Knesset between 2003 and 2018, additionally serving as minister with varied portfolios.
His grandfather, Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, was each the primary chief rabbi of Eire, for over a decade, after which Ashkenazi chief Rabbi of British Obligatory Palestine from 1936 till 1959.
The President-elect started his political profession because the Cupboard Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak between 1999 and 2000.
His rival Peretz, a social activist who overcame the lack of two of her sons in battle to grow to be an Israel Prize successful educator and public speaker on points associated to Zionism and coping with loss, obtained 27 votes.