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. However, in the end Rivlin did not participate in the election.
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.
- Man of the people Haaretz, 19 April 2007
- Ben Zion, Ilan. "Reuven Rivlin vows to be 'man of the nation' after winning presidency". www.timesofisrael.com. 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.
- "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.
- Previous Presidential Elections Knesset website (in English)