Speaker Yuli Edelstein says the current caucus working for police officers, prison-service employees and firefighters can do the job
The Knesset (Hebrew for assembly) is the Israeli parliament, or legislative body, and is located in western Jerusalem. The unicameral parliament consists of 120 lawmakers, known as Knesset members or MKs, each chosen to represent their respective political parties for terms lasting no longer than four years between elections.
Among its functions, the Knesset enacts laws, supervises the work of the government, and reserves the power to remove the president and the state comptroller from office. It can also vote to dissolve itself and call new elections.
The first Israeli parliament convened on February 14, 1949, although it was not yet known as the Knesset. On February 16, the Constituent Assembly, as it was then called, ratified the Transition Law, thereby changing its name to the First Knesset, and elected Chaim Weizmann as the first president of the State of Israel.
The Knesset has been addressed by countless heads of state throughout the years. Undoubtedly one of the most memorable of these occasions came on November 20, 1977, when then Egyptian president Anwar Sadat took the plenum and addressed Israeli lawmakers, calling for peace between Israel and Egypt.
Two private members' bills making it a criminal offense to use sex workers clear first hurdle in Knesset
The new law requires local ISPs to block access to gambling and pedophilia sites, websites that advertise prostitution or drugs, and sites that support acts of terror
Despite pressure from Netanyahu, first reading of bill will be delayed for at least three months – but coalition whip David Bitan promises extra time will allow for broader discussion
Counsels oppose govt-sponsored bill allowing minister to imprison people without charges even during normal, non-emergency times
Ministers green light a bill that requires a super majority concede sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem, but only a simple majority would be needed to give up land by redrawing Jerusalem’s borders
Head of special commission to promote the bill remains undeterred, says coalition will do everything to complete first stage of legislation before summer break
Draft is the latest proposal from Netanyahu's governing coalition of the so-called nation-state bill that critics say would stifle democracy
In reaction to recent Western Wall and conversion moves, Steven Wernick tells Knesset panel: ‘Much of American Jewry has lost its patience’ with state of religious pluralism in Israel
Committee members say this is a moral question which the legislature must decide