List of Presidents of Israel

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This is a list of Chairmen and then Presidents of Israel since the establishment of that country in 1948.

Chairmen of the Provisional State Council (1948–1949)[edit]

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As Chairman of the Provisional Council, Chaim Weizmann served as de facto head of state until his election as President.

Chairman Elected
(Term)
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
(at time of appointment)
1 Ben Gurion 1959.jpg David Ben-Gurion
דוד בן-גוריון

(1886–1973)

14 May 1948 16 May 1948 Mapai
2 Weizmann 1948.jpg Chaim Weizmann
חיים עזריאל ויצמן

(1874–1952)

16 May 1948 17 February 1949 None

Presidents of Israel (1949–present)[edit]

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A total of nine people have served as President of Israel, four of whom have served two consecutive terms. Additionally, one person, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, has served three consecutive terms.

President Elected
(Term)
No. Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of Office Political Party
(at time of appointment)
1 Weizmann 1948.jpg Chaim Weizmann
חיים עזריאל ויצמן

(1874–1952)

17 February 1949 25 November 1951 None 1949 (1st)
25 November 1951 9 November 1952[1] 1951 (2nd)
2 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.jpg Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
יצחק בן צבי

(1884–1963)

16 December 1952 28 October 1957 Mapai 1952 (3rd)
28 October 1957 30 October 1962 1957 (4th)
30 October 1962 23 April 1963[2] 1962 (5th)
3 Zalman Shazar.jpg Zalman Shazar
זלמן שז"ר

(1889–1974)

21 May 1963 26 March 1968 Mapai 1963 (6th)
26 March 1968 24 May 1973 1968 (7th)
4 EKatzir771.jpg Ephraim Katzir
אפרים קציר

(1916–2009)

24 May 1973 29 May 1978 Alignment 1973 (8th)
5 Yitzhak Navon 1.jpg Yitzhak Navon
יצחק נבון

(1921–)

29 May 1978 5 May 1983 Alignment 1978 (9th)
6 Chaim Herzog portrait.jpg Chaim Herzog
חיים הרצוג

(1918–1997)

5 May 1983 23 February 1988 Alignment 1983 (10th)
23 February 1988 13 May 1993 1988 (11th)
7 Ezer Weizman 1978-2.jpg Ezer Weizman
עזר ויצמן

(1924–2005)

13 May 1993 4 March 1998 Labor 1993 (12th)
4 March 1998 13 July 2000[3] 1998 (13th)
8 Moshe Katsav, by Amir Gilad.JPG Moshe Katsav
משה קצב

(1945–)

1 August 2000 1 July 2007[4][5] Likud 2000 (14th)
9 Shimon Peres by David Shankbone.jpg Shimon Peres
שמעון פרס

(1923–)

15 July 2007 24 July 2014 Kadima 2007 (15th)
10 Reuven Rivlin 2011 crop.jpg Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין

(1939–)

24 July 2014 Incumbent Likud 2014 (16th)
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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ David Ben-Gurion preceded Weizmann as Chairman of Provisional State Council, a position which he held from 14 to 16 or 17 May 1948. Weizmann's position remained as Chairman of Provisional State Council until 17 February 1949, when he was declared President by the first Knesset. Upon Weizmann's death on 9 November 1952, Knesset speaker Yosef Sprinzak took over as acting president until the inauguration of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.
  2. ^ Upon Ben-Zvi's death on 23 April 1963, Knesset speaker Kadish Luz took over as acting president until the appointment of Zalman Shazar.
  3. ^ After Weizman resigned from the Presidency, Knesset speaker Avraham Burg took over as acting president until the appointment of Moshe Katsav.
  4. ^ After Katsav began a leave of absence due to police investigations on 25 January 2007, Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik took over as acting President. She continued in this role after Katsav's resignation came into effect on 1 July 2007 until Shimon Peres' inauguration on 15 July.
  5. ^ Majalli Wahabi assumed the presidency when Dalia Itzik was travelling to the United States becoming the first Arab and non-Jewish President of Israel.

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