List of Presidents of Israel

This article lists the Chairmen of the Provisional State Council and Presidents of Israel since the adoption of the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.

Chairmen of the Provisional State Council (1948–1949)

Colour key
Mapai/Alignment/Labor General Zionists

The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel was proclaimed on 14 May 1948 by David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Palestine.

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

Chairman Elected
No. Portrait Name
(birth and death)
Term of office Political party
(at time of appointment)
1 David Ben-Gurion
דוד בן-גוריון
14 May 1948 16 May 1948 Mapai
2 Chaim Weizmann
חיים עזריאל ויצמן
16 May 1948 17 February 1949 General Zionists

Presidents of Israel (1949–present)

Colour key
General Zionists Mapai/Alignment/Labor Likud Kadima Independent

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.

Reuven Rivlin serves as the 10th and current President of Israel since 2014.

President Elected
No. Portrait Name
(birth and death)
Term of office Political party
(at time of appointment)
1 Chaim Weizmann
חיים עזריאל ויצמן
17 February 1949 25 November 1951 General Zionists 1949 (1st)
25 November 1951 9 November 1952 1951 (2nd)
2 Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
יצחק בן צבי
16 December 1952 28 October 1957 Mapai 1952 (3rd)
28 October 1957 30 October 1962 1957 (4th)
30 October 1962 23 April 1963 1962 (5th)
3 Zalman Shazar
זלמן שז"ר
21 May 1963 26 March 1968 Mapai 1963 (6th)
26 March 1968 24 May 1973 1968 (7th)
4 Ephraim Katzir
אפרים קציר
24 May 1973 29 May 1978 Alignment 1973 (8th)
5 Yitzhak Navon
יצחק נבון
29 May 1978 5 May 1983 Alignment 1978 (9th)
6 Chaim Herzog
חיים הרצוג
5 May 1983 23 February 1988 Alignment 1983 (10th)
23 February 1988 13 May 1993 1988 (11th)
7 Ezer Weizman
עזר ויצמן
13 May 1993 4 March 1998 Labor 1993 (12th)
4 March 1998 13 July 2000 1998 (13th)
8 Moshe Katsav
משה קצב
1 August 2000 1 July 2007 Likud 2000 (14th)
9 Shimon Peres
שמעון פרס
15 July 2007 24 July 2014 Kadima 2007 (15th)
10 Reuven Rivlin
ראובן ריבלין
24 July 2014 Incumbent
(Term expires on 24 July 2021)
Likud 2014 (16th)
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  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 Druze and non-Jewish President of Israel.


Main biographical data

No. Name Date of birth Date of death Place of birth Place of death Place of burial
1Chaim Weizmann27 November 18749 November 1952Motal,
Russian Empire
2Yitzhak Ben-Zvi24 November 188423 April 1963Poltava,
Russian Empire
Har HaMenuchot
3Zalman Shazar24 November 18895 October 1974Mir,
Russian Empire
Mount Herzl
4Ephraim Katzir16 May 191630 May 2009Kiev,
Russian Empire
Rehovot Cemetery
5Yitzhak Navon9 April 19217 November 2015Jerusalem,
Mandatory Palestine
Mount Herzl
6Chaim Herzog17 September 191817 April 1997Belfast,
United Kingdom
Tel Aviv
Mount Herzl
7Ezer Weizman15 June 192424 April 2005Tel Aviv,
Mandatory Palestine
Or Akiva
8Moshe Katsav5 December 1945Yazd,
9Shimon Peres2 August 192328 September 2016 Vishnyeva,
Ramat Gan
Mount Herzl
10Reuven Rivlin9 September 1939Jerusalem,
Mandatory Palestine

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