Isaac Herzog will serve as the 11th president of the State of Israel after being selected by a firm majority of the Knesset to fill that ceremonial role.
Herzog is the son of Israel’s 6th president, Chaim Herzog, who served in the position from 1983-1993. Chaim Herzog had a very storied life, but is perhaps best known to our readership as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations who in 1975 stood before the General Assembly and tore in half a UN resolution equating Zionism with racism.
Isaac Herzog has a long list of achievements to his name, as well. He is currently head of the Jewish Agency and previously was chairman of the Labor Party.
His tenure will begin on July 9, when current President Reuven Rivlin steps down.
Herzog won 87 out of 120 votes in Wednesday’s election in the Knesset plenum. His opponent, social activist and Israel Prize-winning educator Miriam Peretz, received just 27 votes.