List of Knesset speakers

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The Speaker of the Knesset (Hebrew: יושב ראש הכנסת‎, Yoshev Rosh HaKnesset, lit. Chairman of the Knesset) is the presiding officer in the Knesset, the unicameral legislature of Israel. The Speaker also fills the role of the President of Israel when the President is incapacitated. The current speaker is Yuli-Yoel Edelstein.

To date, Ahdut HaAvoda's Nahum Nir is the only Speaker 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.

Knesset Speakers (1949–present)[edit]

Colour key
Mapai/Ahdut HaAvoda/
Alignment/Labor/One Israel
Likud Kadima

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
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
1 Yosef Sprinzak.jpg Yosef Sprinzak
יוסף שפרינצק
(1885–1959)
1949 1959 Mapai 1, 2, 3
2 Nahum Nir-Refalx.jpg Nahum Nir
נחום ניר
(1884–1968)
1959 1959 Ahdut HaAvoda 3
3 Kadish Luz.jpg Kadish Luz
קדיש לוז
(1895–1972)
1959 1969 Mapai, Alignment 4, 5, 6
4 Reuven Barkat
ראובן ברקת
(1906–1972)
1969 1972 Alignment 7
5 Yisrael Yeshayahu Sharabi 1951.jpg Yisrael Yeshayahu
ישראל ישעיהו שרעבי
(1908–1979)
1972 1977 Alignment 7, 8
6 Yitzhak Shamir.jpg Yitzhak Shamir
יצחק שמיר
(1915–2012)
1977 1980 Likud 9
7 Yitzhak Berman
יצחק ברמן
(1913–2013)
1980 1981 Likud 9
8 Menachem Savidor
מנחם סבידור
(1917–1988)
1981 1984 Likud 10
9 Shlomo Hilel cropped.jpg Shlomo Hillel
שלמה הלל
(1923–)
1984 1988 Alignment 11
10 Dov Shilansky
דב שילנסקי
(1924–2010)
1988 1992 Likud 12
11 Szewach Weiss.JPG Shevah Weiss
שבח וייס
(1935–)
1992 1996 Labor 13
12 Dan Tichon.jpg Dan Tichon
דן תיכון
(1937–)
1996 1999 Likud 14
13 Avraham Burg by David Shankbone.jpg Avraham Burg
אברהם בורג
(1955–)
1999 2003 One Israel, Labor 15
14 Reuven Rivlin 2011.jpg Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין
(1939–)
2003 2006 Likud 16
15 Dalya itzik.jpg Dalia Itzik
דליה איציק
(1952–)
2006 2009 Kadima 17
(14) Reuven Rivlin 2011.jpg Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין
(1939–)
2009 2013 Likud 18
16 Yuli Edelstein.jpg Yuli-Yoel Edelstein
יולי-יואל אדלשטיין
(1958–)
2013 Likud 19

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