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North Antrim MP Ian Paisley said.

"I wish to congratulate my friend and grandson of Belfast, Isaac Herzog on his election to the Presidency of Israel.

Isaac has a great pedigree. His father was a Belfast boy who helped form the state of Israel and became its President now bears witness to the second generation succeed to that post.

I congratulate Isaac and wish him well as he handles a most difficult situation in Israel. He will be up to the job and I look forward to seeing him again in Belfast soon and welcoming him here."