Tour Station 9: The Knesset Plenum
The hall in which the the meetings of the Knesset plenum take place, is divided into two
parts: The bottom part is where the Members of Knesset and members of the Government sit,
and the upper part is the visitors' gallery.
In the plenum hall the Members of Knesset sit in accordance with the Parliamentary Groups
to which they belong. The seating arrangements are determined by the Arrangements Committee
before the first sitting of every new Knesset. The custom is that the committee enables the
largest Group to choose its place in the hall. The largest Group in the coalition usually
sits to the left of the Speaker, and the second largest Group to his right.
A view from rostrum
The weekly meetings of the Speaker and his deputies (the Knesset Presidium) at which,
inter alia, the Knesset's agenda is determined, take place in the Speaker's bureau, as do the
meetings of the Ethics Committee. The Speaker also holds working meetings and receives
guests from Israel and abroad in his bureau.
On one of the walls of the entrance hall to the Speaker's bureau hang the pictures of all the
former Knesset Speakers.
The 6th Knesset: The plenum, 6.5.1968
The 12th Knesset: A vote by raising of hands, 21.9.1992.
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