President Herzeg
President HerzegKobi Gideon/GPO

President of the State of Israel, Isaac Herzog, will depart tomorrow (Monday) night for a diplomatic visit (July 18-22) to the United States of America, during which he will visit Washington DC and New York City. The visit follows an invitation by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, and marks the President's second visit to the US since taking office.

The President will be accompanied on the visit by the Israeli Ambassador to the US and the US Ambassador to Israel.

The purpose of the diplomatic visit is to strengthen the relations and the partnership between the US and Israel, and to reflect the deep ties between the countries which are placed above all controversy. During his visit to Washington DC, President Herzog will address a special joint session of the US Congress being convened to mark the 75th year of the State of Israel’s independence.

The President will meet with President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, at the White House, where he is expected to discuss a series of political, security and economic issues. In addition, President Herzog will hold further meetings with senior administration officials.

The President's address in Congress will be only the second such address in history to be given by an Israeli president to a joint session of both Houses of Congress. The first was delivered by President Herzog’s father, the sixth President of the State, Chaim Herzog, more than 35 years ago.

During his visit, the President is also expected to meet with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris. The meeting will deal with the promotion of joint initiatives in the field of efforts and technologies to mitigate the impact of climate change.

In addition, President Herzog will meet with senior officials including, Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken and US National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan. President Herzog will then continue on to New York where he will visit the United Nations and meet with the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. He will then hold meetings with Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, and members of the Jewish community, including young leaders.

The President will be hosted at a festive event by the Jewish Federation of New York. In attending his meetings in Congress and with the UN Secretary General, President Herzog has invited Leah Goldin – mother of the late Lt. Hadar Goldin, who fell in combat with terrorists in the Gaza Strip during Operation Protective edge, and whose body remains held captive by Hamas – to raise the issue of the Israelis held captive.

Ahead of his visit, President Herzog noted: “I am very much looking forward to representing the entire nation of Israel as President of the State of Israel, before the elected representatives of the American people, to mark the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel. The United States is Israel's closest and most important friend and partner. The relationship between our countries is unique in its strength, which has rightly made it, an unassailable alliance. I thank the leadership of the United States Congress, led by Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and his predecessor Nancy Pelosi, for the historic privilege to address a joint session of both Houses of Congress marking the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel.”

“I will emphasize the importance of expanding the circle of regional peace and stress the essential need to fight against the hatred and terrorism that Iran is spreading while it pursues nuclear weapons. In my speeches and meetings, I will relate to my hosts as close partners in all the issues at hand, including the internal challenges and opportunities facing Israeli society. As part of my actions to build bridges and strengthen relations between Israel and Diaspora Jewry, I will participate in an important flagship event of the Jewish community in North America, the largest of the Jewish communities in the Diaspora," he added.