List of Knesset speakers

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The Speaker of the Knesset (Hebrew: יושב ראש הכנסת‎‎, Yoshev Rosh HaKnesset) 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)
14 February 1949 28 January 1959 Mapai 1, 2, 3
2 Nahum Nir-Refalx.jpg Nahum Nir
נחום ניר
(1884–1968)
2 March 1959 30 November 1959 Ahdut HaAvoda 3
3 Kadish Luz.jpg Kadish Luz
קדיש לוז
(1895–1972)
30 November 1959 17 November 1969 Mapai, Alignment 4, 5, 6
4 Bareket reuven.jpg Reuven Barkat
ראובן ברקת
(1906–1972)
17 November 1969 5 April 1972 Alignment 7
5 Yisrael Yeshayahu Sharabi 1951.jpg Yisrael Yeshayahu
ישראל ישעיהו שרעבי
(1908–1979)
9 May 1972 13 June 1977 Alignment 7, 8
6 Yitzhak Shamir (1980).jpg Yitzhak Shamir
יצחק שמיר
(1915–2012)
13 June 1977 10 March 1980 Likud 9
7 Yitzhak Berman
יצחק ברמן
(1913–2013)
12 March 1980 20 July 1981 Likud 9
8 Menachem Savidor
מנחם סבידור
(1917–1988)
20 July 1981 13 August 1984 Likud 10
9 Shlomo Hilel cropped.jpg Shlomo Hillel
שלמה הלל
(1923–)
11 September 1984 20 November 1988 Alignment 11
10 Dov Shilansky
דב שילנסקי
(1924–2010)
21 November 1988 13 July 1992 Likud 12
11 Szewach Weiss.JPG Shevah Weiss
שבח וייס
(1935–)
13 July 1992 24 June 1996 Labor 13
12 Dan Tichon.jpg Dan Tichon
דן תיכון
(1937–)
24 June 1996 7 June 1999 Likud 14
13 Avraham Burg by David Shankbone.jpg Avraham Burg
אברהם בורג
(1955–)
6 July 1999 17 February 2003 One Israel, Labor 15
14 Reuven Rivlin Senate of Poland.JPG Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין
(1939–)
19 February 2003 4 May 2006 Likud 16
15 Dalya Itzik 1.png Dalia Itzik
דליה איציק
(1952–)
4 May 2006 30 March 2009 Kadima 17
(14) Reuven Rivlin Senate of Poland.JPG Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין
(1939–)
30 March 2009 5 February 2013 Likud 18
16 Yuli Edelstein.jpg Yuli-Yoel Edelstein
יולי-יואל אדלשטיין
(1958–)
18 March 2013 Incumbent Likud 19, 20

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