Isaac Herzog Elected 11th President of Israel

The Israeli Knesset overwhelmingly elected the modest and diplomatic Isaac Herzog as the 11th president of the State of Israel. In a landslide vote, the largely ceremonial position will be filled by a Tel Aviv-born politician whose prestigious family is sometimes referred to as Israel’s version of the Kennedys.

Congratulations to Isaac Herzog for his recent win, and congratulations to Reuven Rivlin, who served as Israel’s president with dignity for these past seven years. The main purpose of an Israeli president is to ensure a government is formed for the people. He or she carry no legislative powers. So after a government is formed, the president serves as an ambassador, a figurehead for the Jewish state, much like the monarchy in the United Kingdom.

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