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05/05/2015   20th Knesset, First Session, Summer Assembly
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New Knesset members deliver inaugural speeches
New Knesset members deliver inaugural speeches
With the beginning of the 20th Knesset`s first session, the following Knesset members - from various factions - delivered their inaugural speeches in the plenum this week: Miki Zohar, Revital Swid, Ayman Udeh, Haim Jelin, Merav Ben Ari, Yinon Magal, Sharon Gal, David Amsalem, Daniel Atar, Aida Touma-Sliman, Rachel Azaria, Bezalel Smotrich, Anat Berko, Zuhair Bahloul, Abd Al Hakeem Haj Yahya, David Bitan, Eitan Broshi and Yousef Jabareen. Veteran MKs congratulated the new legislators


Edelstein: ”Parliament`s int`l activities very important; media coverage of costs harms national PR efforts”
Addressing a conference on “Parliamentary Diplomacy: Knowing the Areas of Activity of the Knesset in the International Arena”, the Knesset speaker said “There is no substitute for the presence of members of the Knesset in parliamentary conferences and international organizations as representatives of the State of Israel. We do not travel to enjoy and have fun, but to work around the clock, express our positions, thwart anti-Israel decisions and bring about multiple inter-parliamentary achievements and cooperation”


Press Releases
5/5/2015 - State Comptroller submits yearly report to Knesset Speaker Edelstein
5/5/2015 - Knesset Speaker Edelstein: ”Parliament`s international activities extremely important; media coverage of their costs harms national PR effort”
4/5/2015 - Knesset Speaker Edelstein: ”It is not for nothing that the only picture that hangs here, in this hallowed hall, is the picture of Herzl”
4/5/2015 - The Knesset honors the memory of former Polish FM Bartoszewski, ”Righteous Among the Nations”
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On the Public Agenda
During his speech at the state ceremony marking the end of Memorial Day and the beginning of the Israel`s 67th Independence Day festivities, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein addressed the importance of unity within the nation: ”We must strengthen that which we have in common; we must condemn the extremism and condescension, the racism and violence; otherwise, we will lose the moral foundation of our existence here”


Yesteryear
5/5/2009
Speaker Reuven Rivlin inaugurates a new archaeological park at the Knesset. The 50 architectural items on display in the park were found during excavations in Jerusalem. The artifacts are from six different eras: The Second Temple period, the late Roman period, the Byzantine period, the Islamic period, the Crusader period and the Ottoman period.



The idea of rotation agreements is that a position in any governing body would be shared by two or more people who agree in advance how long each remains in that position....



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