Israel’s parliament is ready to inaugurate Isaac Herzog on Wednesday as the nation’s president, a largely ceremonial place whose objective is forge to nationwide unity and serve as the nation’s ethical compass.
The inauguration ceremony on the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem is usually carried out with grand pomp: honour guards in costume uniforms, crimson carpet, mounted police escort and a swearing in on a Bible, adopted by the blowing of rams’ horns by army rabbis.
Herzog, scion of a outstanding Zionist household, will succeed Reuven Rivlin as Israel’s eleventh president and is to maintain workplace for a single seven-year time period. His father, Chaim Herzog, served as president in the Eighties after a time period as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, and his grandfather, Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, was the nation’s first chief rabbi. His uncle, Abba Eban, served as overseas minister and ambassador to the United Nations and United States.
“The truth is that I am a little envious of you,” Rivlin stated in a letter to Herzog revealed on Twitter. “In a short while you will discover what a great and wonderful privilege you have” to be president of all of Israel’s numerous communities – Jews and Arabs, spiritual and secular, younger and outdated.
Herzog, 60, was elected to the presidency by the Knesset final month. He had beforehand served as head of the Labor Party and head of the opposition in parliament. After leaving politics in 2018, he served as head of the Jewish Agency, a nonprofit group that works carefully with the Israeli authorities to promote Jewish immigration to Israel and to serve Jewish communities abroad.
Taking workplace at a time of deep divisions in Israeli society, Herzog stated upon his election that he intends to be “the president of everybody? and work to protect Israel’s democracy.
While a lot of the workplace’s perform is to obtain overseas dignitaries and different ceremonial roles, the president has the facility to grant pardons. That may grow to be a part of the nationwide agenda if former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who’s on trial for corruption fees, is ever convicted.
He is also answerable for deciding on a political social gathering chief to kind a governing coalition and serve as prime minister after parliamentary elections – a job Rivlin has finished 5 instances whereas in workplace, most just lately after the March 23 parliamentary election.
Herzog’s inauguration comes lower than a month after Israel swore in a new authorities below Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who struck a coalition settlement with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Netanyahu was ousted from workplace after a 12-year stint as prime minister and now serves as opposition chief.