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.
Rafi Peretz met with Lehava leader Benzi Gopstein, who was charged with incitement to racism and violence, as part of talks over running for Knesset with the Kahanist party Otzma Yehudit
Stav Shaffir, Rafi Peretz, Moshe Kahlon and female representation are among the most high-profile victims after Israel's political parties finalized their slates
Netanyahu and his ministers bully the court, threatening it whenever it has to rule against the government on an issue it cares about
Thanks to a fluke of circumstances (and Benjamin Netanyahu), Aviv Barkan is already fully acquainted with exercising her democratic right at the ballot box
Right-wing leaders urge Likud's Edelstein to stall proceedings while Gantz's party wants a vote as soon as possible, as timeline becomes major issue in complex political and legal entanglement
Channel 12's political analyst Amit Segal will issue statement on Twitter and on television, and send a letter to Balad party leader
Setting up of committee still needs full Knesset approval
Eyal Yinon says that even though the Knesset itself is not in session, it can discuss Netanyahu's request for immunity in three criminal cases as soon as possible
Gantz almost quit after the Iranians hacked his phone – but quickly learned to navigate Israeli politics
Netanyahu’s immunity bid request and his climatic Wednesday night address cap a public campaign against Israel’s law enforcement, which began with the start of his investigations in late 2016. This is how Netanyahu’s narrative changed, evolved and grew more extreme since then
In addition to asking for procedural immunity, which expires at the end of a Knesset's term, on some charges against him, the prime minister is seeking lifetime immunity
Gantz: 'Netanyahu knows he's guilty' ■ Lieberman vows not to let PM get immunity ■ Legal proceedings blocked due to political stalemate
Data show how cabinet and Knesset activity has slowed to almost nothing since election first called a year ago
Cohen fought in the pre-state Lehi underground militia and and dedicated much of her life to the settlement project and the greater Land of Israel
Zehut, identified with rebuilding the Temple, legalization of marijuana and free capitalist economy, will run again 'when Israeli society is ripe for change,' said Feiglin
Parties in disagreement over when exactly to send Israelis to the polls again, on a Memorial Day, Purim or anniversary of Hasidic figure's death
Statement released by Prime Minister’s office states that the pair discussed 'regional issues and threats to the State of Israel, especially the Iranian threat'
A damning criminal indictment paints the prime minister’s concocted 'Prosecutors Plot' as heir to Stalin’s infamous 'Doctors Plot'
Any Knesset member has until December 11 to gather 61 signatures and get a chance at forming a government, but the president wants to prevent a reality show atmosphere
Governmental scheme delayed by another two years, data obtained by Haaretz shows
Election board harshly criticizes lawmaker's initiative, as Israel inches closer to a third vote in one year
Likud lawmaker says he believes he could form a government in the current Knesset, following Netanyahu's two failed attempts
After both Gantz and Netanyahu failed to form a coalition, any Knesset member backed by 61 lawmakers could be tasked with forming coalition, with lawmakers having 21 days to nominate a candidate
Party whip says that if no coalition is formed, Likud will demand that voters choose between the prime minister and Benny Gantz, but party quickly backtracks
The Hayamin Hehadash chair, who Netanyahu fired ahead of September's election, says he was also proposed a spot on the security cabinet