U.S. President Joe Biden has offered his formal congratulations to Isaac Herzog, who was voted in as Israel's 11th president after winning Wednesday's election against Miriam Peretz, in a secret ballot among the country's 120 lawmakers.
He will officially replace outgoing President Reuven Rivlin next month, with his seven-year term beginning on July 9.
"On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my warm congratulations to Isaac Herzog on his election to serve as the 11th President of the State of Israel. Throughout his career, President-elect Herzog has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to strengthening Israel’s security, advancing dialogue, and building bridges across the global Jewish community. I am confident that under his presidency, the partnership between Israel and the United States will continue to grow and deepen," Biden said.
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"I also want to thank President Reuven Rivlin for his many years of service to the people of Israel. I look forward to welcoming President Rivlin to Washington in the weeks ahead to honor his dedication to the enduring partnership and the close friendship between our two nations."
Vice President Kamala Harris also congratulated Herzog, writing on Twitter: "Congratulations to Isaac Herzog on his election as Israel’s President. President-elect Herzog has long worked to promote dialogue, protect the State of Israel, and champion close ties to the U.S. Our relationship will only grow stronger under his presidency. And thank you to President Reuven Rivlin for your leadership, your service to Israel – and to the friendship you have shown the United States."