Haaretz Editorial The 19th Knesset’s Responsibility

The 120 members of Israel's new Knesset bear a heavy responsibility: They must repair the grave damage left behind by their predecessors in the 18th Knesset, damage that threatens Israel’s continued operation as a liberal democratic state.

On Tuesday, the 120 Knesset members who were elected two weeks ago were sworn in in a festive ceremony and the 19th Knesset began its term. This Knesset will be substantially different from its predecessor, at least in terms of its human composition: It will have 48 new MKs, a record number of women (‏(27‏, more religious Jews, more journalists and three MKs who previously chaired the national student union.