Jewish Agency boss, former Labor leader and son of prior president beats settler icon Miriam Peretz in secret vote cast by all 120 MKs; in first speech after win, Herzog vows to ‘build bridges of agreement’ to unite Israelis and Diaspora Jews
Former Labor party leader, current Jewish Agency chair and son of a previous president Isaac Herzog was elected as the 11th president of the State of Israel on Wednesday, beating his rival Miriam Peretz by 87 votes to 33 in a secret ballot of all 120 Knesset members.
The result was decided in the first round of voting as Herzog secured more than half of the votes in the 120-seat Knesset.
He will be sworn into office for a single seven-year term on July 9.
Herzog said after the vote that he intends to be the president for all Israelis.
He vowed to lend “an attentive ear to every position and respect every person,” while also working to “identify the lines that connect us and build bridges of agreement in order to bring together even the furthest apart, here within Israel and with our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora.”