Isaac Herzog becomes the 11th president of Israel in a glamorous atmosphere

Jerusalem-Isaac Herzog, a descendant of a prominent Zionist family, took an oath of office on Wednesday and became the new president of Israel.

With the Bible in his hand in front of the Israeli parliament Knesset, the 60-year-old Herzog took a predominantly ceremonial position designed to build national unity and act as the moral compass of the country.

The parliamentary room was adorned with a large bouquet of white lilies for the inauguration. A military rabbi blew the ram’s horn, followed by a performance by a children’s choir.

Herzog, whose father Chime served as Israeli president in the 1980s, will take over Reuven Rivlin as the 11th president of Israel and will assume office for a seven-year term. Heim Herzok was also the UN Ambassador to Israel.

The new president’s pedigree includes his grandfather Yitzhak Halevi Herzog. He was the country’s first chief rabbi. His uncle, Abba Eban, served as Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United Nations and the United States.

“The truth is that I’m a little envious of you,” Riblin said in a letter to Herzog published on Twitter. “Soon you will discover the wonderful and wonderful privileges you have” to become president of all the different communities of Israel, Jews and Arabs, religions and secular, old and young.

Herzog was elected president by the Knesset last month. He was previously the leader of the Labor Party and the leader of the opposition. After leaving politics in 2018, he worked closely with the Israeli government to promote Jewish immigration to Israel and headed the Jewish Agency, a non-profit organization serving the Jewish community abroad. It was.

Herzog, who took office in an era of deep division of Israeli society, said he would become “President of all” in the elections and strive to maintain Israeli democracy.

Most of the office’s function is to accept the role of foreign officials and other ceremonies, but the president has the power to pardon. If former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is being tried for corruption, is convicted, it could be part of the country’s agenda.

The president is also responsible for forming a coalition government and electing party leaders to serve as prime minister after parliamentary elections. This is a mission that Riblin performed five times during his tenure, most recently after the parliamentary elections on March 23.

Herzog’s inauguration took place less than a month after Israel pledged to the new government under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Netanyahu was dismissed after a 12-year term as the longest prime minister in Israel’s history and is now the leader of the opposition.

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