Aura Herzog, Mother of Israeli President, Laid to Rest

Aura Herzog – the wife of late president Chaim Herzog and mother of Isaac Herzog – was a leading figure in environmental protection

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Mount Herzl where Aura Herzog was buried Wednesday.
Mount Herzl where Aura Herzog was buried Wednesday. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Aura Herzog, mother of President Isaac Herzog and wife of the late President Chaim Herzog, was laid to rest Wednesday in the Leaders of the Nation section of Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Hundreds of people attended, including Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy, opposition chairman MK Benjamin Netanyahu and Supreme Court President Esther Hayut.

Herzog, a public figure and social activist, founded the Council for a Beautiful Israel. She died this week at age 97, and was interred next to her husband.

President Herzog delivered the eulogy for his mother. “I stand here today as a grieving son over the death of his mother,” he said. “This situation, in which private pain mixes with the public aspect, is not easy, although it has been part of our lives for some generations now. Our mother, Aura, knew how to deal wisely with this complexity all her life, and from her we derive our strength and knowledge.”

The president also spoke of his mother’s environmental activities. “I think that today, in an age of global climate crisis, your pioneering work in the green struggle is noteworthy. Your life’s work for 40 years of volunteering was on the Council for a Beautiful Israel and the Yarkon Park Education Center, he said.

“You loved to make our country beautiful and create lovely corners, which you also left in the President’s Residence, and even in this plot. You fought against air and environmental pollution when many considered you a nuisance. You thought of new ideas that became the consensus,” he said.

Herzog’s brother, Mike Herzog, who is Israel’s ambassador to the United States, also spoke at the funeral, as did former Chief Rabbi Israel Lau and Herzog’s grandchildren Noam Herzog and Ma’ayan Bronski.

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