List of Knesset speakers

Summary

The Speaker of the Knesset (Hebrew: יוֹשֵׁב רֹאשׁ הכנסת, romanizedYoshev Rosh HaKnesset, lit.'Chairman of the Knesset') is the presiding officer of the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel. The Speaker also acts as President of Israel when the President is incapacitated. The current speaker is Mickey Levy, who was elected on 13 June 2021.

Knesset speaker
יוֹשֵׁב רֹאשׁ הכנסת
Yoshev Rosh HaKnesset
Emblem of Israel alternative blue-gold.svg
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Incumbent
Mickey Levy

since 13 June 2021
SeatWest Jerusalem, Israel
AppointerKnesset
Formation14 February 1949
First holderYosef Sprinzak
WebsiteKnesset

To date, Ahdut HaAvoda's Nahum Nir and Blue & White's Benny Gantz are the only Speakers not to have come from the ruling party, though in two cases (Avraham Burg and Reuven Rivlin) the party of the speaker (One Israel and Likud respectively) lost power during their term.

The speaker is expected to act in a non-partisan nature, but may occasionally take part in debates, and is allowed to vote.

The speaker is assisted by a number of Deputy Speakers of the Knesset (currently 4). The Deputy Speakers are drawn from the breadth of parties represented in the Knesset. Together, the Speaker and the Deputy Speakers constitute the Praesidium of the Knesset.

Knesset Speakers (1949–present)Edit

A total of sixteen people have served as Speaker of the Knesset, one of whom, Reuven Rivlin, have served two non-consecutive terms.

Speaker Knesset
No. Portrait Name
(Lifespan)
Term of office Political party
1   Yosef Sprinzak
(1885–1959)
14 February 1949 28 January 1959 Mapai 1, 2, 3
2   Nahum Nir
(1884–1968)
2 March 1959 30 November 1959 Ahdut HaAvoda 3
3   Kadish Luz
(1895–1972)
30 November 1959 17 November 1969 Mapai, Alignment 4, 5, 6
4   Reuven Barkat
(1906–1972)
17 November 1969 5 April 1972 Alignment 7
5   Yisrael Yeshayahu Sharabi
(1908–1979)
9 May 1972 13 June 1977 Alignment 7, 8
6   Yitzhak Shamir
(1915–2012)
13 June 1977 10 March 1980 Likud 9
7   Yitzhak Berman
(1913–2013)
12 March 1980 20 July 1981 Likud 9
8   Menachem Savidor
(1917–1988)
20 July 1981 13 August 1984 Likud 10
9   Shlomo Hillel
(1923–2021)
11 September 1984 20 November 1988 Alignment 11
10 Dov Shilansky
(1924–2010)
21 November 1988 13 July 1992 Likud 12
11   Shevah Weiss
(born 1935)
13 July 1992 24 June 1996 Labor 13
12   Dan Tichon
(born 1937)
24 June 1996 7 June 1999 Likud 14
13   Avraham Burg
(born 1955)
6 July 1999 17 February 2003 One Israel, Labor 15
14   Reuven Rivlin
(born 1939)
19 February 2003 4 May 2006 Likud 16
15   Dalia Itzik
(born 1952)
4 May 2006 30 March 2009 Kadima 17
(14)   Reuven Rivlin
(born 1939)
30 March 2009 5 February 2013 Likud 18
16   Yuli-Yoel Edelstein
(born 1958)
18 March 2013 25 March 2020 Likud 19, 20, 21, 22
17   Benny Gantz
(born 1959)
26 March 2020 17 May 2020 Blue & White 23
18   Yariv Levin
(born 1969)
17 May 2020 13 June 2021 Likud 23
19   Mickey Levy
(born 1951)
13 June 2021 Incumbent Yesh Atid 24

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

  • Knesset Speakers since the first Knesset Knesset website
  • Israeli ministries, etc – Rulers.org