List of Knesset speakers
יוֹשֵׁב רֹאשׁ הכנסת
Yoshev Rosh HaKnesset
|Formation||14 February 1949|
|First holder||Yosef Sprinzak|
The Speaker of the Knesset (Hebrew: יוֹשֵׁב רֹאשׁ הכנסת, Yoshev Rosh HaKnesset, literally: 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 Yariv Levin, who was elected on 17 May 2020.
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 10). 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)
A total of sixteen people have served as Speaker of the Knesset, one of whom, Reuven Rivlin, have served two non-consecutive terms.
|Term of Office||Political Party|
|14 February 1949||28 January 1959||Mapai||1, 2, 3|
|2 March 1959||30 November 1959||Ahdut HaAvoda||3|
|30 November 1959||17 November 1969||Mapai, Alignment||4, 5, 6|
|17 November 1969||5 April 1972||Alignment||7|
|5||Yisrael Yeshayahu Sharabi
ישראל ישעיהו שרעבי
|9 May 1972||13 June 1977||Alignment||7, 8|
|13 June 1977||10 March 1980||Likud||9|
|12 March 1980||20 July 1981||Likud||9|
|20 July 1981||13 August 1984||Likud||10|
|11 September 1984||20 November 1988||Alignment||11|
|21 November 1988||13 July 1992||Likud||12|
|13 July 1992||24 June 1996||Labor||13|
|24 June 1996||7 June 1999||Likud||14|
|6 July 1999||17 February 2003||One Israel, Labor||15|
|19 February 2003||4 May 2006||Likud||16|
|4 May 2006||30 March 2009||Kadima||17|
|30 March 2009||5 February 2013||Likud||18|
|18 March 2013||25 March 2020||Likud||19, 20, 21, 22|
|26 March 2020||17 May 2020||Blue & White||23|
|17 May 2020||Incumbent||Likud||23|
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