Previous Presidential Elections


February 16, 1949 The Constituent Assembly elected Professor Chaim Weizmann as the first president of the State of Israel. The candidates were Professor Chaim Weizmann and Professor Joseph Klausner. 114 Knesset Members participated in the elections. 83 votes were in favor of Weizmann, 15 in favor of Klausner, 15 empty ballots, and 1 invalid vote.
November 19, 1951 The Second Knesset elected Professor Chaim Weizmann for a second term. There were no opposing candidates.
December 8, 1952 The second Knesset elected MK Yitzhak Ben-Zvi as the second president of the State. The candidates were MK Izhak Ben-Zvi (Mapai), MK Perez Bernstein (General Zionists), MK Mordechai Nurock, and Mr. Yizhak Greenbaum. There were three rounds of voting:
  • 48 in favor of Ben-Zvi, 18 in favor of Bernstein, 17 in favor of Greenbaum, 15 in favor of Nurock, and 12 empty ballots.
  • 48 in favor of Ben-Zvi, 18 in favor of Bernstein, 18 in favor of Greenbaum, 15 in favor of Nurock, and 12 empty ballots.
  • 62 in favor of Ben-Zvi, 40 in favor of Nurock , 5 in favor of Greenbaum, , and 5 empty ballots.
  • October 28, 1957 The Third Knesset re-elected Yitzhak Ben-Zvi for a second presidential term. There were no opposing candidates. In the election, 76 Knesset members voted in favor of Ben-Zvi, while 18 cast an empty ballot.
    October 30, 1962 The Fifth Knesset elected Yitzhak Ben-Zvi for a third presidential term with no opposing candidates. 62 members voted in his favor while 42 cast empty ballots.
    May 21, 1963 The Fifth Knesset elected Zalman Shazar as the third president of the State of Israel. The running candidates were Zalman Shazar and MK Perez Bernstein (Liberal Party). Of the 107 MKs who participated in the election, 67 voted in favor of Shazar, 33 in favor of Bernstein, and 7 cast empty ballots.
    March 26, 1968 The Sixth Knesset re-elected Zalman Shazar for a second presidential term. There were no opposing candidates. There were 86 votes in his favor and 24 empty ballots.
    April 10, 1973 The Seventh Knesset elected Professor Ephraim Katzir as the fourth president of Israel. The candidate who opposed him was Professor Ephraim-Elimelech Auerbach. The 116 votes of the Knesset were divided as follows: 66 in favor of Katzir, 41 in favor of Orback, and 9 empty ballots.
    April 19, 1978 The Ninth Knesset elected Yitzhak Navon as the fifth president. There were no opposing candidates. 86 Knesset members voted in his favor while 23 cast empty ballots.
    March 22, 1983 The Tenth Knesset elected Haim Herzog as the sixth president of Israel. The candidates for presidency were MK Haim Herzog (Labor Alignment) and Professor Menachem Alon. All 120 Knesset members participated in the vote. 61 voted in favor of Herzog, 57 voted for Alon, and 2 cast empty ballots.
    February 23, 1988 President Haim Herzog was re-elected by the twelfth Knesset for a second term. There were no opposing candidates. 82 votes were in his favor; 2 votes were against; 2 were empty ballots, and 1 vote was invalidated.
    March 24, 1993 The Thirteenth Knesset elected Ezer Weizman for the position of seventh president of the State of Israel. Opposing him was MK Dov Shilansky (Likud). Of the 120 Knesset members who voted, 66 voted in favor of Weizman while 53 voted for Shilansky, and one cast an empty ballot.
    March 4, 1998 The Fourteenth Knesset re-elected Ezer Weizman for a second term. For the first time, an acting president was faced by an opponent, (MK Shaul Amor of the Likud), in the re-election. 119 members participated in the election: 63 votes were in favor of Weizman, 49 were in favor of Amor, and 7 were empty ballots.
    July 31, 2000 The Fifteenth Knesset elected Moshe Katsav for the position of eighth president of the State of Israel. Opposing him was MK Shimon Peres (One Israel). Of the 120 Knesset members who voted, 63 voted in favor of Katsav while 57 voted for Peres.
    June 13, 2007 The Seventeenth Knesset elected Shimon Peres for the position of ninth president of the State of Israel. Opposing him were MKs Colette Avital (Labor) and Reuven Rivlin (Likud). The Knesset held two rounds of voting:
  • 120 Knesset members participated in the first round: 21 voted in favor of Avital, 58 in favor of Peres, and 37 in favor of Rivlin; 12 placed empty ballots, and there was one invalid ballot. Following the first round, MKs Colette Avital and Reuven Rivlin stepped out of the race.
  • 119 Knesset members participated in the second round: 86 voted in favor of Shimon Peres, 23 against, 8 placed empty ballots, and 2 ballots were disqualified.
  • June 10, 2014 The Nineteenth Knesset elected Reuven Rivlin as the tenth president of the State of Israel. His challengers were MK Meir Sheetrit, former Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner and Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman.
    The Knesset held two rounds of voting:
  • 119 Knesset members participated in the first round: Forty-four MKs voted in favor of Rivlin; 31 voted in favor of Sheetrit; 28 voted for favor of Itzik; 13 voted for Dorner, and Shechtman received one vote. Two votes were disqualified.
  • 119 Knesset members participated in the second round: Rivlin received 63 of the valid votes, while Sheetrit received 53.


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