Earlier, Labor party ministers Amir Peretz and Itzik Shmuli said they will support bill tabled by the opposition, which Kahol Lavan is also threatening to vote for
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.
By Wednesday night, the Netanyahu-Gantz coalition of the damned could be over. Not that a potential compromise, if parties find one, would change anything
Kahol Lavan understands the government is living on borrowed time, and both major coalition partners jockey for position ahead of next election
Plan by the prime minister, who faces trial on corruption charges, comes as the Knesset debates the appointment of a new legal adviser, who could prove to be critical to whether the request would be granted
Efforts at reconciliation within the Joint List have faltered amid one of its leader's comments that he does not rule out cooperating with Netanyahu
According to Justice Ministry plan, which politicians say has a good chance of passing in the Knesset, adults 21 and up would be allowed to buy cannabis, but home grow would not be allowed – at least not for now
Government acknowledges that an internal committee at the institute reviews the controversial practice instead of the usual Defense Ministry panel
The proposal, drafted by Yesh Atid, would take a step towards recognizing same-sex families by naming 'Parent 1' and 'Parent 2' on official forms
Inquiry was then rejected in second vote, but only after most opposition lawmakers boycotted the proceeding
Lawmakers endorse accord, with Joint List MKs opposing 'blood-soaked agreement'
Netanyahu touts Israel's COVID-19 response at opening ceremony for Knesset's winter session ■ Benny Gantz vows to pass 2021 budget by December, does not rule out replacing Netanyahu
Knesset members are returning to a weak, faltering parliament that may well dissolve itself in late December as coalition parties' mutual distrust keeps legislation from passing
As the opposition right-wing Yamina party continues to rise in polls, Netanyahu has changed his media tactics while Gantz's party has three battles planned for the near future
Amir Ohana is expected to sign the order allowing police to implement the law, which criminalizes soliciting or patronizing prostitutes, by the end of the year
MK Miki Haimovich says critical days lie ahead as tensions continue to escalate between coalition partners in the wake of Kahol Lavan minister's resignation
Likud sources ascribe great importance to proposed committee, saying it will increase Netanyahu’s influence over nominations for next attorney general and state prosecutor
The right to protest, the beating heart of freedom of political expression, is the cornerstone of democracy. It's even more so during a health crisis
Kahol Lavan will back amendment to coronavirus law – forbidding protests more than a kilometer away from one’s home – if Netanyahu’s Likud backpedals from more severe restrictions
Only six lawmakers voted for the bill, seen as a challenge to Netanyahu's party, who did not appear for the vote
According to data released by the Health Ministry, vast majority of deaths were 70 or older
The legislators revel in cuts to humanitarian projects funded by the EU but ask for more measures against Palestinian construction in Area C, which some call a ‘virus,’ ‘cancer’ or ‘territorial terror’
Two-week lockdown expected to begin at 6:00 A.M. Friday morning, about 12 hours before the start of Rosh Hashanah, limiting people to a 500-meter radius of their residence
Ofer Shelah, the Israeli opposition party's perennial second string, has no illusions about the prospect of holding primary vote – but he’s showing party leader Lapid a future with internal opposition