Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Selection Committee
Chairman of the Selection Committee
President of Israel
Former Chairman of the Executive, Jewish Agency for Israel
Isaac Herzog, son of former Israeli President, Chaim Herzog and grandson of Israel's first Chief Rabbi, Yizhak Isaac Halevi Herzog, was born in Israel in 1960 and is an attorney by profession.
Herzog was elected President of the State of Israel by the Knesset and took office on July 7, 2021. Prior to assuming his role as President, Herzog had been unanimously elected by the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel to serve as Chairman of the Executive, succeeding Natan Sharansky.
Until entering his position as Head of the Jewish Agency, Herzog served as Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset since 2013, following his election as Chairman of the Labor Party in November 2013. In 2014, Herzog led the alliance between the Labour Party and MK Tzipi Livni's Hatnua Party creating the Zionist Union, Israel's largest central-left political party. Holding a formidable wealth of political experience, Herzog was the leading candidate opposing Prime Minister Netanyahu in the 2015 national elections.
Since being elected to the Knesset in 2003, Herzog has held several Knesset and ministerial posts, amongst them are the head of the Labor Parliamentary Faction, Minister of Housing and Construction (2005), Minister of Tourism (2006-2007), Minister of the Jewish Diaspora, Society and the Fight against Anti-Semitism (2007-2009) and his claim to fame as a revolutionary Minister of Welfare & Social Services (2007-2011). Prior to that he served as Government Secretary (1999-2001). He also served as the Israel Government Coordinator for the provision of humanitarian aid to the population of Gaza in 2008-2009.
Before entering politics, Herzog was a senior partner at the law firm Herzog, Fox & Neeman. Throughout his career he published numerous articles and books.
He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife, Michal, and they have three sons.