The Knesset Speaker
The Knesset Speaker is elected by the plenum, as are his deputies.
The Speaker conducts the affairs of the Knesset, represents it externally, preserves its dignity,
the decorum of its sittings and the observance of its Rules of Procedure. The Speaker, or one of
his deputies, presides over the sittings of the plenum, conducts them, puts resolutions to the vote
and determines the results of these votes, as well as those in the elections for various state positions
for which the plenum is responsible. In the absence of the President of the State
from the country, the Speaker acts in his place.
The Speaker and Deputy Speakers together constitute the Knesset Presidium, which approves the tabling
of private Members' bills and the
urgency of Motions for the Agenda.
Knesset Speakers since the first Knesset
The Secretary General of the Knesset
The Secretary General of the Knesset, who is appointed by the Knesset Speaker and his deputies,
oversees and manages the parliamentary functions of the Knesset. The Secretary General, or one of his deputies,
is present in the Knesset plenum when it is sitting. The task of the Secretary General during the
sitting is to advise the Speaker on matters of the Rules of Procedure, procedure and custom,
and to manage the list of speakers. The Secretary General is a member of the Association of
Secretaries-General of Parliaments.
The Director General of the Knesset
The Director General is responsible for the administrative aspects of
the Knesset. His roles include keeping the administrative order in the Knesset building, overseeing the work of the
Knesset staff, and supervising the logistic management the Knesset.
Until the year 2006, these tasks were part of the responsibilities of the Secretary General of the Knesset.
In 2006, following the election of MK