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Groups Welcome Israel’s Next President; Herzog Brings ‘Deep Understanding of World Jewry’

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Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog Isaac Herzog speaks during the Public Forum Conference on Nov. 15, 2018. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90. – Jewish leaders in the United States and elsewhere welcomed the election of Isaac Herzog as Israel’s next president, with most praising his deep understanding of the worldwide Jewish community.

“I cannot think of a better or more able representative of the State of Israel and the people of Israel—Jews and Arabs, religious and secular,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder.

Noting Herzog’s family history—his father, Chaim Herzog, a general in the Israel Defense Forces, served as Israel’s sixth president; and his grandfather, Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, served as the chief rabbi of Ireland, and later, following Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel—Lauder said that Herzog “brings to this new position the dignity and depth of a true statesman.”

“Following on his distinguished service as chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Isaac Herzog brings to the Israeli presidency a profound understanding of and appreciation for the mosaic that is world Jewry in its glory and diversity,” said Lauder.

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