Entitled Parliamentarism and Governance, the workshop focused on the crucial interactions that occur between Knesset members and the government, the media, lobbyists, regulatory bodies, legal and budgetary bodies, as well as with nongovernmental organizations and the public. The aim of the workshop was to prepare the new Knesset members for the critical role they play in shaping the country, and to introduce them to the demands they will face within their new working environment.
The workshops list of prominent speakers included: Prof. Uzi Arad, former National Security advisor to the prime minister of Israel; Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Amos Gilad, director of Political-Military Affairs at the Israel Ministry of Defense; MK Moshe Gafni, Knesset Finance Committee chairman; Adv. Zvi Hauser, Cabinet secretary; Mr. Gal Hershkovitch, head of Budget Division, Ministry of Finance; Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, IDC Herzliya; and Prof. Uriel Reichman, founder and president of IDC Herzliya.
Lively discussions were held around many key subjects, including: Decision making in the Israeli government; the budgetary process; governmental reforms; and the Knesset as a law-making body. An exciting panel was also held with the participation of several senior media representatives who cover Knesset affairs. The session was moderated by Dana Weiss of Israels Channel 2 News.
The workshop series was organized and led by Prof. Alex Mintz, dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya, and Mrs. Sharona Mazalian-Levi oversaw operations throughout the course of the workshop. At the request of many Knesset members, the briefings by Lauder School faculty will continue this spring.
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