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29/07/2015   20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
Ivory Coast National Assembly President Soro visits the Knesset as a guest of Speaker Edelstein
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”

Analysis: Israel raises its electoral threshold
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

Press Releases
28/7/2015 - Ivory Coast National Assembly President Soro visits the Knesset as a guest of Speaker Edelstein; parliamentary cooperation agreement signed
28/7/2015 - Knesset holds special session marking 120th birth anniversary of PM Levi Eshkol
27/7/2015 - Deputy Health Minister: Medical marijuana to be sold in pharmacies with specialist doctor`s prescription
27/7/2015 - Committee on the Status of Women chairperson calls to ”recognize Bedouin communities to alleviate inhuman situation”
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On the Public Agenda
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.”

In "Beit Froumine."...

In the Committees
29/7/2015 09:00 - Public Broadcasting - continuing the broadcasts and preparations for the establishment of the new...(canceled)
29/7/2015 09:00 - Plenary session with the participation of the head of the National Security Council
29/7/2015 09:00 - 1. Report on the book industry in accordance with the Law to Protect Literature and Authors...
29/7/2015 09:00 - Aspects of promoting the integration of Ethiopian-Israelis - essential flaws in managing the...(canceled)
29/7/2015 09:00 - Transparency of defense budget
29/7/2015 09:30 - 1. Reducing water tariff rates and failure to implement decision of the Balinkov Committee on the...
30/7/2015 11:30 - Agenda to be announced
3/8/2015 10:00 - Monitoring implementation of law to expand proper representation of Ethiopian-Israelis in the...
3/8/2015 10:00 - Government measures to integrate disabled people in job market - State Comptroller's Report
5/8/2015 09:30 - Treatment of secondary legislative processes in the government system - State Comptroller's Report
9/8/2015 09:00 - Tour of Mount Zion to examine security and desecration of tombs - with Jerusalem Police Commander
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