President Herzog to meet with Biden in first state visit to US

The two presidents will discuss strategic, security and economic issues as well as climate concerns, Herzog's office said.

 (L-R) US President Joe Biden and Israeli President Issac Herzog meet during the former's visit to Israel  (photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)
(L-R) US President Joe Biden and Israeli President Issac Herzog meet during the former's visit to Israel
(photo credit: HAIM ZACH/GPO)

President Isaac Herzog is due to pay an official visit to Washington next week at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.

The visit, which will span over two days (October 25-26) will see the Israeli president meet with his American counterpart in the White House on October 26.

When US Ambassador Tom Nides presented his credentials just over a year ago, and later when Biden visited Israel, Herzog hinted broadly that he was looking forward to visiting America – something that he obviously knew would happen, as presidents of Israel traditionally visit the country considered to be Israel's greatest ally.

The official invitation has arrived, and Herzog is scheduled to meet with Biden in the White House. The US president issued an oral invitation to Herzog when visiting Israel this past July, and the official invitation came later.

 President Isaac Herzog presents the Presidential Medal to US president Joe Biden at the president Residence in Jerusalem. on July 14, 2022. Joe Biden on his first official visit to Israel since becoming US president.  (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90) President Isaac Herzog presents the Presidential Medal to US president Joe Biden at the president Residence in Jerusalem. on July 14, 2022. Joe Biden on his first official visit to Israel since becoming US president. (credit: YONATAN SINDEL/FLASH90)

The visit will also allow for a family reunion, as Israel's ambassador to the US, the president's older brother Michael Herzog, will together with Nides accompany the president to the White House.

While in the US, Herzog will also hold meetings with senior administration officials members of the Senate and the House of Representatives as well as Jewish community leaders.

Herzog to visit US before election climax, amid West Bank violence

Herzog's visit will come only a week before Israelis vote for their Knesset representatives in the November 1 election.

The two presidents will discuss strategic, security and economic issues as well as climate concerns, Herzog's office noted, amid increasing violence and terror spreading across the West Bank and the heavily-debated maritime border agreement between Israel and Lebanon, which was mediated by the US.

The White House issued a statement, saying that President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Herzog, "a visit that underscores the enduring partnership and friendship between the United States and Israel."

"They will consult on key issues, including regional and global challenges of mutual concern, opportunities to deepen Israel’s regional integration, and ways to advance equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and security for both Israelis and Palestinians," the White House statement reads.

Omri Nahmias and Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.