JERUSALEM – On Wednesday, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, elected Isaac Herzog as new president of the country in a landslide.
“I will be everyone’s president,” he said following his victory.
The 60-year-old Herzog was first elected to the Israeli parliament in 2003. He is modest, diplomatic and with a strong political pedigree equivalent to that of the Kennedy’s of th United States.
Herzog became the 11th president of Israel.
Herzog received 87 votes of the 120 Knesset members during secret voting, while his rival Miriam Peretz, an educator and social activist who lives in the Israeli settlement of Giv’at Ze’ev northwest of occupied East Jerusalem, gathered 27 votes, the Knesset news channel reported.
Israel’s president has, among its powers, accepting credentials of new ambassadors, assigning lawmakers to form the government and issue amnesty to prisoners. Unlike the prime minister, the president has fewer powers in Israel.
He was a former Labour Party leader. He succeeded Reuven Rivlin whose term has ended. (TC/The MiNT)