Legal opinion comes as committee convenes Monday to discuss controversial nation-state bill
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.
Despite the limitations of the primary system, it is still the most democratic one for political parties, which is why Meretz must adopt this electoral system when choosing its leaders
Leaders of the Joint List, who are not silent for one minute when it comes to the government’s injustices, have adopted its tactics. Justice is being subverted
Likud's Oren Hazan charged with pushing, cursing, threatening mayor of Ariel settlement over family restaurant’s unpaid municipal tax bill
Likud Knesset member Oren Hazan allegedly verbally and physically assaulted officials of settlement Ariel in 2014
The controversial law, to be advanced during parliamentary recess, would compel High Court to favor Israel's Jewish character over democratic one
The government broke a record for cynicism when it brought up the uncertainty and disruption facing those living in West Bank settlements
The move comes after physicists and chemists operating the Dimona Nuclear reactor started a slowdown 6 months ago over new contract
The bill, which passed first reading, would enable such dogs to be confined at home
Parties within the Arab-majority list are endangering Arab unity for personal, technical and financial reasons, say critics