The President of the United States, Joe Biden, congratulated Isaac Herzog on Wednesday after his election as the new President of Israel and emphasized his “commitment to security” in the country during his political career.
“On behalf of the people of the United States, I warmly congratulate Isaac Herzog on his election as the eleventh President of Israel,” said Biden in a White House statement.
For the US President, Herzog has shown “an unwavering commitment to strengthening Israel’s security” and progress “in the world Jewish community” in his political career. “I am sure that the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow and deepen under your presidency,” he added.
With regard to the outgoing President Reuven Rivlin, whose term of office after seven years on the 9th, the United States will soon do so.
Israel’s parliamentarians elected Isaac Herzog on Wednesday to succeed Reuven Rivlin as the new President of Israel, who was unable to stand for re-election. Herzog, a 60-year-old former party leader of the Labor Party, got 87 of the 120 votes of the parliamentarians and thus forced himself on his rival, the activist Miriam Peretz.
After the vote, Herzog decided to build “bridges” between Israeli society and Jews abroad, “fight anti-Semitism and hatred against Israel” and “secure the pillars of democracy” in the country.
Last month, Biden expressed his “unwavering support for Israel’s security and legitimate right to defend its people” in response to Israel’s response to the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, which resulted in the death of more than 250 people on the Palestinian side twelve Israelis dead.
Biden’s intervention is shaped by the policies of former President Donald Trump during his time in the White House, when he launched all sorts of gestures and messages in favor of Israel, including moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, against the criteria of the UN and the Palestinians themselves.