List of Knesset speakers

The Speaker of the Knesset is the presiding officer in the Knesset, Israel's parliament and also fills the role of the President when he or she is incapacitated. Dalia Itzik, the current speaker, is the first woman to hold the post.

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.

Past and present Knesset speakers

# Speaker Party Years Knesset
1 Yosef Sprinzak Mapai 1949-59 1st, 2nd, 3rd
2 Nahum Nir Ahdut HaAvoda 1959 3rd
3 Kadish Luz Mapai, Alignment 1959-69 4th, 5th, 6th
4 Reuven Barkat Alignment 1969-72 7th
5 Yisrael Yeshayahu Alignment 1972-77 7th, 8th
6 Yitzhak Shamir Likud 1977-80 9th
7 Yitzhak Berman Likud 1980-81 9th
8 Menachem Savidor Likud 1981-84 10th
9 Shlomo Hillel Alignment 1984-88 11th
10 Dov Shilansky Likud 1988-92 12th
11 Shevah Weiss Labour 1992-96 13th
12 Dan Tichon Likud 1996-99 14th
13 Avraham Burg One Israel 1999-2003 15th
14 Reuven Rivlin Likud 2003-06 16th
15 Dalia Itzik Kadima 2006-present 17th

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