The Knesset's New Conversation: Balancing Jewish Tradition and Democracy

The unprecedented number of Jewishly-engaged Knesset members is an opportunity to demonstrate that Israel's politics can be Jewish, religious and democratic, too. The new Knesset must also strengthen its dialogue with Diaspora Jews on critical, shared religious and women's issues such as agunot.

The recent elections in Israel brought with them a spirit of change in the way Jewishness and Israeliness interact. Forty-eight new Knesset members were elected to the 19th Knesset. In other words, almost half of the Knesset’s members were replaced, changing the Knesset’s makeup overnight.