Israel: Head of the Provisional Council of State: 1948-1949

Mo'etset haMedinah haZemanit (מועצת המדינה הזמנית) | Provisional Council of State [1]
15 May 1948 - 17 Jun 1948 no presiding officer [2]
Yoshev Rosh Mo'etset haMedinah haZemanit (יושב-ראש מועצת המדינה הזמנית) | Chairperson of the Provisional Council of State
17 Jun 1948 - 15 Jul 1948 office vacant
15 Jul 1948 - 14 Feb 1949 Yosef Shprintsak (יוסף שפרינצק) ‎[3]
Nesi Mo'etset haMedinah haZemanit (נשיא מועצת המדינה הזמנית) | President of the Provisional Council of State
16 May 1948 - 14 Feb 1949 H̱ayyim Vaytsman (חיים ויצמן) ‎[4]

[1] The Provisional Council of State was established in accordance with the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel passed by the People's Council (Mo'etset haAm, מועצת העם‎) 14 May 1948. The Declaration prescribed the transformation of the People's Council into Provisional Council of State effective midnight 14/15 May 1948.
[2] David Ben-Guryon (דוד בן־גוריון) chaired the sessions as the Head of the Government (Rosh haMemshalah, ראש הממשלה‎) between 16 May 1948 and 15 Jul 1948 inclusively and occasionally signed legislative acts of the Council of State as Yoshev Rosh (Chairperson, יושב ראש). The Council ratified the Rules of Procedure (17 Jun 1948) which provided for creation of the office of Yoshev Rosh haMo'atsah (Chairperson of the Council, יושב ראש המועצה). Yosef Shprintsak was elected Chairperson of the Council on 15 Jul 1948 and immediately took chair.
[3] Pending the taking office by H̱ayyim Vaytsman as President of the Provisional Council of State (30 Sep 1948) and continuing in office as Chairperson of the Provisional Council of State to 14 Feb 1949.
[4] Elected 16 May 1948 in absentia, accepted election while staying in the United States 17 May 1948, returned to Israel and took chair at the session of the Provisional Council of State 30 Sep 1948, but all other sessions were presided by Yosef Shprintsak as Chairperson.
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