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Veteran politician Isaac Herzog elected 11th President of Israel

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Isaac Herzog

Veteran Israeli politician, Isaac Herzog, has been elected as the President of the country.

Highlights:

  • He was elected on June 01, 2021, during the 120 members parliamentary election for 2021.
  • The 60-year-old Herzog will be the 11th President of Israel, assuming office with effect from July 09, 2021.
  • He will be succeeding Reuven Rivlin, who is set to complete his tenure in July 2021 after seven years in office.

About Isaac Herzog:

  • He is a former Labor leader who will be the first Israeli President who is the son of a former president.
  • His father Chaim Herzog served as Israel’s Head of State between 1983 and 1993.
  • He is currently the head of the Jewish Agency – a nonprofit that works with the government to promote immigration to Israel.
  • He has served as a lawmaker in the Israeli Knesset between 2003 and 2018, also serving as minister with various portfolios.
  • His grandfather, Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, was both the first chief rabbi of Ireland, for over a decade, and then Ashkenazi chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine from 1936 until 1959.
  • The President-elect began his political career as the Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak between 1999 and 2000.

About Israel:

  • Israel formally known as the State of Israel is a country in Western Asia.
  • It is located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
  • It is regarded as the biblical Holy Land by Jews, Muslims and Christians.
  • Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem which is also the Capital of Israel.
  • The currency used here is the Israeli Shekel.
  • The current President and Prime Minister of Israel is Benjamin Netanyahu.

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