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2014 Israeli presidential election

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Indirect presidential elections were held in Israel on 10 June 2014.[1] The result was a victory for Reuven Rivlin of Likud. Rivlin was sworn in as President of Israel on 24 July.[2]

2014 Israeli presidential election

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Nominee Reuven Rivlin Meir Sheetrit
Party Likud Hatnuah
Electoral vote 63 53
Percentage 54.3% 45.6%

President before election

Shimon Peres

Elected President

Reuven Rivlin



Incumbent President Shimon Peres announced that he would not run for a second term, despite an opinion poll showing 63% of Israelis would prefer him to remain in office.[3] A second term would require change in legislation, as the Basic Law on the presidency permits only one term,[4] following reforms made after the 1998 presidential election to prevent an incumbent being challenged for the presidency.

In November 2013, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled that candidates would be barred from raising funds to finance their campaigns.[5]


In 2012, an agreement was made between Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Rivlin would be the party's candidate for the election if Likud won the 2013 Knesset election.[1] Likud subsequently emerged with a parliamentary plurality. However, it was reported by the Jerusalem Post that both Netanyahu and Lieberman have a poor relationship with Rivlin and have not ruled out backing another candidate.[6] In February 2014, Binyamin Ben-Eliezer of the Labor Party became the first candidate to receive the required 10 nominations from Knesset members.[7] Four days before the election, Ben-Eliezer was investigated by the police on corruption charges and subsequently withdrew from the race.[8]

Other candidates included Nobel Prize laureate Dan Shechtman,[9] Meir Sheetrit of Hatnuah,[10] Dalia Itzik of Kadima,[5] and former Supreme Court judge Dalia Dorner.[11] Potential candidates who expressed an interest in running but did not receive the written support from ten members of the Knesset needed for nomination include Uzi Landau of Yisrael Beiteinu,[6] Silvan Shalom of Likud, and businessman Yosef Abramowitz.[12]

Opinion pollsEdit

Although the public were not able to vote in the election, opinion polls were conducted to determine public support for the candidates.

Pollster Date Reuven Rivlin Dan Shechtman Binyamin Ben-Eliezer Dalia Itzik Dalia Dorner Meir Sheetrit Natan Sharansky Silvan Shalom
Haaretz[13] 27 May 2014 31% 22% 10% 4% 11% 4%
Knesset Channel Panels[14] 23 January 2014 28% 25% 6% 2% 7% 6%
Channel 2[3] 6 January 2014 27% 16% 5% 9% 13%


Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Reuven Rivlin Likud 44 37.6 63 54.3
Meir Sheetrit Hatnuah 31 26.5 53 45.7
Dalia Itzik Kadima 28 23.9
Dalia Dorner Independent 13 11.1
Dan Shechtman Independent 1 0.9
Invalid ballots/blank votes 2 3
Total 119 100 119 100
Registered voters/turnout 120 99.2 120 99.2
Source: Haaretz

Only 119 votes were cast, as one member of the Knesset, Meir Porush, was abroad.[5]


  1. ^ a b Rivlin settles with Netanyahu on 2014 presidency bid Times of Israel, 22 October 2012
  2. ^ Reuven Rivlin is elected Israel's 10th president Haaretz, 10 June 2014
  3. ^ a b Israeli Public Apparently Prefers Shimon Peres Jerusalem Online, 6 January 2014
  4. ^ Basic Law: The President of the State Knesset
  5. ^ a b c Legislators barred from campaign fundraising for Israeli presidency Haaretz, 14 November 2013
  6. ^ a b Uzi Landau mulling presidential run The Jerusalem Post, 12 February 2014
  7. ^ Endorsements make Labor's Ben-Eliezer first presidential candidate The Jerusalem Post, 17 February 2014
  8. ^
  9. ^ Nobel Prize winner says he's a candidate to replace Peres as president Haaretz, 18 January 2014
  10. ^ Meir Sheetrit gains backing of Hatnua party, needs five more signatures to make it official Times of Israel, 24 February 2014
  11. ^ Dalia Dorner Announces Presidential Candidacy Israel National News, 13 February 2014
  12. ^ ‘Captain Sunshine’ mulling presidential run The Jerusalem Post, 24 February 2014
  13. ^ Lis, Jonathan (28 May 2014). "Poll: Rivlin is people's choice for Israel's president". Haaretz. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  14. ^ Benari, Elad (24 January 2014). "Poll: Israelis Want Rivlin as President". Israel National News. Arutz Sheva. Retrieved 15 March 2014.