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Israel’s new president brings spirit of compromise

Jewish Agency head Isaac Herzog was chosen Israel’s new president only hours before Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid announced the composition of a new government.

At the height of one of the most tense and uncertain days in the history of Israel’s Knesset, Isaac Herzog was chosen yesterday as the 11th president of the State of Israel. He will take office July 9 and serve in this role for the next seven years.

Herzog, former chairman of the Labor Party, was elected in a secret ballot of 120 Knesset members. He received a large and diverse majority of 87 votes from both the left and the right, including the ultra-Orthodox and Arab parties.

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