In honor of Israel’s 75th Anniversary, President Isaac Herzog is scheduled to address the Joint Meeting of Congress at 11 AM ET.
President Herzog will speak to the US legislators upon an invitation from Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“Israel and the United States share a special relationship—an unbreakable bond that is recognized on a bipartisan basis and that celebrates freedom, democracy, and mutual security,” said McCarthy ahead of Herzog’s address.
Following the House passage of the Israel Resolution, Democratic Leader Jeffries stated that “the special relationship” between the United States and Israel is “anchored in our shared democratic values and strategic interests. We reaffirmed that special relationship in a full-throated fashion.”
Jeffries emphasized that the House Democrats remain “steadfast in our ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, as well as to a robust two-state solution where the Israeli and Palestinian people can live side by side in peace and prosperity.”
Herzog arrived in Washington on Tuesday. He will be the second Israeli president to do so, following his father, Chaim Herzog, in 1987.
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Who is President Isaac Herzog?
Isaac “Bougie” Herzog, 62, has been serving as the 11th president of Israel since July 2021. He is the first president to be born in Israel after its declaration of independence. His father is former Israeli president Chaim Herzog, and his brother currently serves as the Israeli ambassador to the US.
Isaac Herzog was a member of the Israeli government, the Knesset, from 2003 to 2018, and held several ministerial posts from 2005 to 2011. From 2013 to 2018, he was the leader of the opposition. As the leader of the Labor Party, he was a candidate for Prime Minister in the 2015 parliamentary election, but his coalition lost to Benjamin Netanyahu. Herzog went to high school in the US while his father was Israel’s ambassador to the UN.
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