Isaac Herzog was elected the 11th president of Israel on Wednesday, after winning more than two-thirds of the votes in Israel's Knesset. Herzog, 60, will succeed Reuven Rivlin, who is set to leave office next month. The incoming president comes from a long line of Israeli public servants; Herzog's father, Chaim Herzog, was Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, and his uncle, Abba Eban, was Israel's first foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations and the United States. His grandfather was the country's first chief rabbi. Herzog will hold office for a single, seven-year term, starting on July 9. Israel's president is regarded as a ceremonial head of state; the president is tasked with tapping a political party leader to form governing coalitions after parliamentary elections. The president also has the power to grant pardons, which could, theoretically, impact Prime Minister Netanyahu's upcoming trial stemming from corruption allegations. US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both congratulated Herzog this week in statements that sought to reaffirm the close partnership that exists between the US and Israel.
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