Isaac Herzog

Isaac Herzog

President Isaac Herzog is a public official who has been working in the service of the State of Israel and its society for over twenty years. He was born in 1960 to Aura and Chaim Herzog, later Israel’s Sixth President. He served as an officer in the IDF Intelligence Corps, and after completing his law degree, worked as a lawyer, specializing in communications law. He served as the government secretary, a member of the Knesset, the minister of construction and housing, the minister of tourism, the minister of welfare and social services, and the minister of diaspora affairs. He was later elected the chairman of the Israeli Labor Party and served as the leader of the Opposition in the Knesset. For three years, Herzog served as the chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel. In July 2021, he was elected president by an unprecedented majority in the Knesset, and he entered office as the Eleventh President of Israel.

Michal Herzog
First Lady of the State of Israel

Mrs. Herzog, born in 1961, has been married to Isaac Herzog since 1985, is the mother of three sons, and speaks Hebrew, English, French, and Portuguese. Mrs. Herzog holds a degree from the Tel Aviv University Law Faculty. She is a member of the Israel Bar Association and managed her own law firm, which specialized in criminal law, white-collar crime, and commercial law.

Time to Talk is the translation of the president’s visio into a comprehensive plan-of-action. A multi-faceted and scaffolded initiative, its components include a cutting edge on-site educational visitor’s center as well a slew of consensus-building spaces within and beyond the Presiden’ts Residence, tailored to the needs arising within Israeli society and the entire Jewish people. There is space for every one of our voices. Come share yours.

This program is run by Value Sports as a joint initiative with the Office of the President , with hundreds of sports clubs adopting the values of Time to Talk.

As the People’s House, the Presdient’s Residence is also home to a diverse range of educational programs designed to help Israeli soceity deepen skills for containing and managing conflict. The Residence will also house an educational visitor’s center.

The Israeli Climate Forum is a joint initiative of the Office of the President with Life & Environment and provides a platform for climate partnerships in Israel, the region, and the world.

Kol Ha’am—Voice of the People aims to weave together the diverse voices among the Jewish People and cultivate future leadership.

Presidential Pardons

One of the President’s most important roles is his legal power to pardon offenders and modify their sentences by reducing or commuting them. The President reaches a decision regarding a pardon based on the necessary information and opinions, including those of the minister of justice or the minister of defense. Israeli presidential history shows that the institution of clemency also reflects each president’s vision and values, which influence his decision on whether or not to grant a pardon.