20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
After Guillaume Soro was honored with a formal ceremony at the Knesset`s outdoor plaza, he and Speaker Edelstein signed a parliamentary cooperation agreement and held a work meeting. ”I thank you and the Ivory Coast for the fruitful cooperation with Israel in the various international forums,” the Knesset Speaker said. Soro called his first visit to Israel ”fascinating” and added that the Ivory Coast ”has always insisted on a warm friendship and close relations with Israel”
After the Knesset raises electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, Hebrew University Professor Reuven Hazan examines the history of Israel`s electoral system and the effects the higher threshold may have on composition of future legislatures. In his article, Prof. Hazan also compares Israel`s electoral threshold with that of countries such as Poland, Spain and Italy and discusses reasons for abolition of direct elections for the prime minister
During an Education Committee debate on the BDS campaign, with the participation of researchers and university heads, Committee Chairman MK Yakov Margi said ”If the countries of Europe are not driven by universal values and not by humanitarian values – what is motivating them? I have no doubt that this is the old evil anti-Semitism.” MK Hanin Zoabi: ”There is a crime whose name is occupation, and the whole world recognizes it”
| ||The Knesset debates the Encouragement of Bicycle Transportation Bill (2008). MK Dov Khenin: ”My fellow MKs, bicycles are part of the solution to the societal problems in the 21st century in the arenas of transportation and the environment. Bicycles are part of the solution to the problems of the modern city, a city which suffers from traffic jams and pollution. Bicycles are part of the solution to the health problems of people, who are not using their bodies enough. Bicycles are a mode of transportation that is worth encouraging, it is important to encourage it.”|| |
The 120 Knesset members are elected directly by the public to four-year terms. They represent all of the State of Israel's citizens.
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In the various committees, the Knesset members discuss issues presented by the Knesset Presidium and the Plenum, as well as issues on the public agenda.
They also prepare bills and approve them for a debate at the Knesset Plenum.