Israel swore in Isaac Herzog as its 11th president on Wednesday, amid the sounds of a shofar and calls of “long live the president.”
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart in the faith you have placed in me,” Herzog said at the Knesset ceremony.
“I thank you for bestowing me with the privilege of being able to serve the entire Israeli public with loyalty and with love.”
Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy said: “You are entering the post during a difficult period, in which Israeli society is more divided than ever. This is an existential threat for the State of Israel, a greater threat than Iran’s nuclear program. I am hopeful you will be able to lead a new and different dialogue in Israeli society.”
Outgoing President Reuven Rivlin thanked Israelis “for the privilege to serve you.”
“My seven years as the tenth president were