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03/03/2015   19th Knesset, Third Session, Pre-Election Recess
Analysis: The Knesset in Israeli democracy
Prof. Reuven Hazan, head of the Political Science Department at Hebrew University, compares the Knesset`s authority to that of other legislatures around the world and explains the electoral process in the State of Israel. ”The Knesset is the seat of all political power in Israel, and it is one of the most powerful legislative bodies in the democratic world,” he writes, while noting that never in Israel’s 19 elections, over 66 years, has a party won a majority of seats in parliament

General elections for the 20th Knesset
Click on the headline to visit the website of the Central Elections Committee, which operates out of the Knesset, and learn more about the voting process in Israel, the distribution of mandates and more. ”The appointed time, the time for democracy, is not to be missed. It is democracy that our lives are connected to, it is democracy that we will not relinquish” – Supreme Court Justice (ret.) Michael Cheshin, former Chairman of the Central Elections Committee

Press Releases
27/2/2015 - Former MK Nadia Hilou, the first Arab Christian lawmaker, passes away at 61
24/2/2015 - Former MK and minister Haim Corfu passes away at 94
23/2/2015 - Knesset employees complete parliament`s first sustainability course as part of ”Green Knesset” project
19/2/2015 - Knesset Speaker hosts the president of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, lauds his ”unceasing efforts” to combat anti-Semitism
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On the Public Agenda
While summing up the work of the recently-dissolved 19th Knesset, Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said ”I am proud that in the limited amount of time we had at our disposal, very extensive parliamentary work was carried out here. We held hundreds of debates in the plenum and the committees, we approved dozens of laws and brought to every household in Israel the stormy public discourse related to every topic that touches our lives”

The Knesset marks International Women`s Day. Speaker of the Knesset Dov Shilansky says ”The state of Israel is thought of as one of the most advanced countries in the western world in relation to social laws that give women maternity leave, maternity benefits and maternity grants. The law does not allow for pregnant women to be fired and obligates an employer to allow a woman to return to work after giving birth. It is indeed clear that we have achieved much, but despite all of this it is a fact that women are still neglected in the social, political and personal realms.”

11 women in the First Knesset and 21 in the Eighteenth Knesset....

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