The Presidents of the State of Israel
 THE PRESIDENTS OF ISRAEL
   
 The Presidents of the State of Israel
 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel
    The Presidency

 The Presidents of the State of Israel
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

The Nasi (President) is the head of state, with the Presidency symbolizing the nation’s unity, above and beyond party politics. He bears the ancient title of the head of the Sanhedrin, the supreme legislative and judicial body of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel in ancient times. The President, who may serve two consecutive five-year terms, is elected by a simple majority of the Knesset from among candidates nominated on the basis of their personal stature and lifelong contribution to the state.

Presidential duties, which are mostly ceremonial and formal, are defined by law. They include opening the first session of a new Knesset; accepting the credentials of foreign envoys; signing treaties and laws adopted by the Knesset; appointing, on recommendation of the appropriate bodies, judges, the governor of the Bank of Israel and the heads of Israel’s diplomatic missions abroad; and pardoning prisoners, on advice of the Minister of Justice. In addition, the President performs public functions and informal tasks such as hearing citizens’ appeals, lending prestige to community organizations and supporting campaigns to improve the quality of life in society at large.

Over the years, Israel’s Presidents have each brought their own outlook and areas of interest to the position they filled, thus expanding the scope of Presidential functions and the President’s social and cultural impact. By virtue of their personalities, skills and talents, Israel’s seven Presidents have endowed the office with additional meaning and style, seeking to address questions of social cohesion, Jewish identity and culture, Israel’s relations with the Jewish Diaspora and other key issues.

   
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

CHAIM WEIZMANN

 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

ITZHAK BEN-ZVI

 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

ZALMAN SHAZAR

 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

EPHRAIM KATZIR

 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

YITZHAK NAVON

 
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

CHAIM HERZOG

 
   
 The Presidents of the State of Israel

EZER WEIZMAN

   

Chaim Weizmann 1949-1952
Itzhak Ben-Zvi 1952-1963
Zalman Shazar 1963-1973
Ephraim Katzir 1973-1978
Yitzhak Navon 1978-1983
Chaim Herzog 1983-1993
Ezer Weizman 1993-2000