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1957 Israeli presidential election

An election for President of Israel was held in the Knesset on 28 October 1957 following the end of Yitzhak Ben-Zvi's five-year term in office. Ben-Zvi stood again, and it was suggested that Yosef-Yoel Rivlin (father of future president Reuven Rivlin) would run against him as a representative of Herut.[1] However, in the end Rivlin did not participate in the election.[2][3]

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  Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.jpg
Nominee Yitzhak Ben-Zvi
Party Mapai
Electoral vote 76

President before election

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi

Elected President

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi

Although Ben-Zvi was the only candidate, a vote was still held. He was re-elected with 76 of the 94 ballots cast; the other 18 votes were blank ballots. 26 Knesset members did not vote.

Ben-Zvi's second term began on the day of the election.


Candidate Votes
Yitzhak Ben-Zvi 76
Blank ballots 18
Total 94


  1. ^ Man of the people Haaretz, 19 April 2007
  2. ^ Ben Zion, Ilan. "Reuven Rivlin vows to be 'man of the nation' after winning presidency". Retrieved 2019-07-31. Rivlin’s father, he says, was passed over to replace Yitzhak Ben-Tzvi, the second president of the state of Israel, in 1957. Instead, Ben-Tzvi ran unopposed and served another term.
  3. ^ "Ben Zvi Lone Candidate in Israel Presidency Race As Rival Quits". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. 1957-10-24. Retrieved 2019-07-31. Prof. Joseph Rivlin, the nominee of the Herut Party, tonight withdrew his candidacy for the presidency of Israel in favor of his life-long friend, President Itzhak Ben Zvi.

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