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The Knesset

The Knesset

The Knesset

The Knesset (Eliezer Kaplan, Jerusalem) – this is the Israeli Parliament (the country’s legislative branch). The Knesset legislates the country’s laws and revises them when necessary. Additional duties include establishing a government, taking policy decisions, reviewing government activities, and electing the President of the State and the State Comptroller. The Knesset took its name and fixed its membership at 120 from the Knesset Hagedolah (Great Assembly), the representative Jewish council convened in Jerusalem by Ezra and Nehemiah in the 5th century BC. Its first session was in February 1949, just after the establishment of the State of Israel. Twelve political parties are represented in the Knesset, with members being elected every four years.

 

One hour tours are offered for free (in various languages: from English to Hebrew, Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and even Amharic). Visitors can contact the Knesset for more information: Tel.: +972-2-6753337 (email: tours@knesset.gov.il)