Chaim Herzog was born in Ireland in 1918. His father was the distinguished
Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog.
He immigrated to Palestine in 1935, and served in the Haganah
during the Arab revolt of 193638.
He acquired a degree in law and served in the British army in
World War II, becoming head of intelligence in northern Germany
and participating in the liberation of the concentration camps.
In Israel's War of Independence (1948) he served as an officer
in the battles for Latrun.
Herzog headed the IDF Military Intelligence Branch from 194850,
and again in 195962. From 19501954 he served as defense
attache in Washington. He retired from the army in 1962 with the
rank of majorgeneral, and engaged in business and law.
During the 1967 SixDay War, Herzog was the leading military
commentator on Israeli radio, and afterwards became the first
military governor of the West Bank.
Chaim Herzog served as Israel's Ambassador to the UN from 19751978,
where he argued against the U.N. resolution equating Zionism with
He was elected to the Knesset on the Labor ticket in 1981, serving
Chaim Herzog was chosen as the sixth President of the State of
Israel in 1983 and served two terms, until 1993.
His historical writings include "The ArabIsraeli Wars"
(1983); "Israel's Finest Hour" (1967) and "The
War of Atonement" (1975).