Yuli Edelstein was chosen as speaker of the 19th Knesset Thursday,
replacing Reuven Rivlin, who was previously speaker of the 16th and 18th
Rivlin, who dropped out of the race to become Knesset
Speaker after reports surfaced that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
did not support Rivlin for the position, abstained from the vote.
spokesman denied reports of a conversation in which the prime minister
told Rivlin that he would not back him. In fact, the spokesman said,
Netanyahu’s chief of staff Gil Shefer promised him on Thursday that the
prime minister wants Rivlin to be speaker.