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Legislature of State of israel

The Knesset



25th Knesset
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Mickey Levy, Yesh Atid

since 13 June 2021

Prime Government minister

Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid

since ane July 2022

Leader of the Opposition

Benjamin Netanyahu, Likud

Seats 120
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Political groups

Flagman authorities (51)

  • Yesh Atid (24)

  • National Unity (12)

    • Blueish and White (6)

      • Israel Resilience (6)

    • New Promise (4)

    • Independents (2)

  • Yisrael Beiteinu (6)

  • United Arab List (5)

  • Labor (4)

Opposition (69)

  • Likud (32)

  • Religious Zionism (fourteen)

    • Religious Zionist (7)

      • Atid Ehad (1)

    • Otzma Yehudit (6)

    • Noam (one)

  • Shas (11)

  • United Torah Judaism (vii)

    • Agudat Yisrael (iv)

    • Degel HaTorah (three)

  • Hadash–Ta’al (5)

    • Hadash (4)

      • Maki (3)

      • Independents (1)

    • Ta’al (i)

Voting system

Airtight list proportional representation
D’Hondt method

Final election

one November 2022

Adjacent election

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Knesset, Givat Ram, Jerusalem

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Political System of Israel




or “assembly”) is the unicameral legislature of Israel. As the supreme country body, the Knesset is sovereign and thus has complete command of the entirety of the Israeli regime (with the exception of checks and balances from the courts and local governments).

The Knesset passes all laws, elects the president and prime government minister (although the latter is ceremonially appointed by the President), approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government, among other things. In addition, the Knesset elects the state comptroller. It also has the power to waive the immunity of its members, remove the president and the state comptroller from office, dissolve the authorities in a constructive vote of no confidence, and to dissolve itself and call new elections. The prime minister may too deliquesce the Knesset. However, until an ballot is completed, the Knesset maintains authority in its electric current composition.[ii]
The Knesset meets in Givat Ram, Jerusalem.


The term “Knesset” is derived from the aboriginal
Knesset HaGdola
כְּנֶסֶת הַגְּדוֹלָה) or “Great Assembly”, which according to Jewish tradition was an assembly of 120 scribes, sages, and prophets, in the period from the end of the Biblical prophets to the time of the evolution of Rabbinic Judaism – virtually 2 centuries ending c. 200 BCE.[3]
In that location is, even so, no organisational continuity and aside from the number of members, there is little similarity, as the ancient Knesset was a religious, completely unelected torso.


Members of the Knesset are known in Hebrew equally חֲבֵר הַכְּנֶסֶת (Haver HaKnesset), if male, or חַבְרַת הַכְּנֶסֶת (Havrat HaKnesset), if female.

Function in Israeli authorities

Equally the legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the president, approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the regime through its committees. It also has the power to waive the immunity of its members, remove the President and the Land Comptroller from office, and to deliquesce itself and telephone call new elections.

The Knesset has
de jure
parliamentary supremacy, and tin pass any constabulary by a simple majority, even one that might arguably disharmonize with the Basic Laws of Israel, unless the basic law includes specific conditions for its modification; in accordance with a plan adopted in 1950, the Basic Laws tin can be adopted and amended by the Knesset, acting in its capacity equally a Constituent Assembly.[4]
The Knesset itself is regulated by a Basic Law chosen “Basic Law: the Knesset”.

In addition to the absence of a formal constitution, and with no Basic Police force thus far being adopted which formally grants a power of judicial review to the judiciary, the Supreme Courtroom of State of israel has since the early 1990s asserted its authority, when sitting as the High Courtroom of Justice, to invalidate provisions of Knesset laws it has found to exist inconsistent with Basic Law.[iv]
The Knesset is presided over by a Speaker and Deputy Speakers, called the Knesset Presidium, which currently consists of:[5]

Position Proper name Faction Party
Speaker Mickey Levy Yesh Atid Yesh Atid
Deputy Mansour Abbas United Arab List United Arab Listing
Deputy David Bitan Likud Likud
Deputy Eitan Ginzburg Bluish and White Resilience
Deputy Yakov Margi Shas Shas


The Knesset is divided into committees, which amend bills on various appropriate subjects. Committee chairpersons are called by their members, on recommendation of the House Committee, and their factional limerick represents that of the Knesset itself. Committees may elect sub-committees and delegate powers to them, or institute joint committees for problems concerning more than one commission. To further their deliberations, they invite regime ministers, senior officials, and experts in the thing being discussed. Committees may request explanations and data from any relevant ministers in any matter within their competence, and the ministers or persons appointed by them must provide the caption or information requested.[2]

There are four types of committees in the Knesset. Permanent committees amend proposed legislation dealing with their area of expertise, and may initiate legislation. However, such legislation may only deal with Basic Laws and laws dealing with the Knesset, elections to the Knesset, Knesset members, or the State Comptroller. Special committees role in a similar style to permanent committees, but are appointed to deal with particular manners at hand, and can be dissolved or turned into permanent committees. Parliamentary inquiry committees are appointed by the plenum to bargain with problems viewed equally having special national importance. In add-on, in that location are two types of committees that convene simply when needed: the Interpretations Committee, made upwardly of the Speaker and eight members chosen past the House Committee, deals with appeals against the interpretation given past the Speaker during a sitting of the plenum to the Knesset rules of process or precedents, and Public Committees, established to deal with problems that are connected to the Knesset.[6]

Permanent committees:

  • House Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Economical Affairs Commission
  • Foreign Affairs and Defense force Commission
  • Interior and Environment Commission
  • Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Diplomacy Committee
  • Education, Civilisation, and Sports Commission
  • Constitution, Constabulary, and Justice Commission
  • Labour, Welfare, and Health Committee
  • Science and Technology Committee
  • Country Control Committee
  • Committee on the Status of Women

Special committees:

  • Committee on Drug Abuse
  • Committee on the Rights of the Kid
  • Commission on Foreign Workers
  • Israeli Central Elections Committee
  • Public Petitions Commission

The other committees are the Arrangements Committee and the Ethics Commission. The Ideals Commission is responsible for jurisdiction over Knesset members who violate the rules of ethics of the Knesset, or are involved in illegal activities outside the Knesset. Within the framework of responsibility, the Ethics Committee may identify various sanctions on a member, just is non allowed to restrict a member’s correct to vote. The Arrangements Committee proposes the makeup of the permanent committees following each election, every bit well as suggesting committee chairs, lays downwards the sitting arrangements of political parties in the Knesset, and the distribution of rooms in the Knesset building to members and parties.[eight]


Knesset members oftentimes join in formal or breezy groups known as “lobbies” or “caucuses”, to advocate for a detail topic. There are hundreds of such caucuses in the Knesset. The Knesset Christian Allies Conclave and the Knesset Land of Israel Caucus are ii of the largest and almost active caucuses.[9]


The Knesset numbers 120 members, after the size of the Dandy Assembly. The field of study of Knesset membership has often been a crusade for proposed reforms. Under the Norwegian Law, Knesset members who are appointed to ministerial positions are allowed to resign and allow the side by side person on their party’southward list to take their seat. If they exit the cabinet, they are able to return to the Knesset to have the place of their replacement.


The 120 members of the Knesset (MKs)[11]
are popularly elected from a single nationwide balloter district to concurrent four-year terms, subject to calls for early elections (which are quite mutual). All Israeli citizens 18 years or older may vote in legislative elections, which are conducted past secret ballot.

Knesset seats are allocated amid the diverse parties using the D’Hondt method of party list proportional representation. A party or electoral alliance must pass the ballot threshold of three.25%[12]
of the overall vote to be allocated a Knesset seat. Parties select their candidates using a closed listing. Thus, voters select the party of their choice, non any specific candidate.

The electoral threshold was previously set at i% from 1949 to 1992, so 1.5% from 1992 to 2003, and then 2% until March 2014 when the current threshold of 3.25% was passed (constructive with elections for the 20th Knesset).[13]
Every bit a event of the depression threshold, a typical Knesset has 10 or more factions represented. With so many parties, it is virtually impossible for 1 party or faction to govern lonely, allow alone win a majority.[
citation needed

No political party or faction has ever won the 61 seats necessary for a bulk; the closest being the 56 seats won past the Alignment in the 1969 elections[fourteen]
(the Alignment had briefly held 63 seats going into the 1969 elections after being formed soon beforehand by the merger of several parties, the just occasion on which any party or faction has always held a majority).[15]
Every Israeli government has been a coalition of two or more parties.[
citation needed

After an election, the president meets with the leaders of every party that won Knesset seats and asks them to recommend which party leader should class the regime. The president then nominates the party leader who is most likely to command the support of a majority in the Knesset (though non necessarily the leader of the largest party/faction in the chamber). The prime minister-designate has 42 days to put together a viable coalition (extensions can be granted and often are), and and then must win a vote of confidence in the Knesset before taking function.[
citation needed

The following is a list of Knesset elections:

  • 1949 Israeli Elective Associates election
  • 1951 Israeli legislative election
  • 1955 Israeli legislative election
  • 1959 Israeli legislative ballot
  • 1961 Israeli legislative election
  • 1965 Israeli legislative election
  • 1969 Israeli legislative election
  • 1973 Israeli legislative ballot
  • 1977 Israeli legislative election
  • 1981 Israeli legislative election
  • 1984 Israeli legislative election
  • 1988 Israeli legislative election
  • 1992 Israeli legislative election
  • 1996 Israeli general ballot
  • 1999 Israeli general election
  • 2003 Israeli legislative election
  • 2006 Israeli legislative ballot
  • 2009 Israeli legislative election
  • 2013 Israeli legislative election
  • 2015 Israeli legislative election
  • April 2019 Israeli legislative election
  • September 2019 Israeli legislative election
  • 2020 Israeli legislative election
  • 2021 Israeli legislative ballot
  • 2022 Israeli legislative election

Current limerick

The table below lists the parliamentary factions represented in the 24th Knesset.

Name Ideology Symbol Principal demographic Leader 2021 event As of July 2022
Votes (%) Seats
Likud Conservatism מחל Benjamin Netanyahu 24.19%

thirty / 120

29 / 120

Yesh Atid Liberalism פה Yair Lapid thirteen.93%

17 / 120

17 / 120

Shas Religious conservatism שס Sephardi and
Mizrahi Haredim
Aryeh Deri seven.17%

9 / 120

9 / 120

Blue and White Social liberalism כן Benny Gantz vi.63%

viii / 120

viii / 120

Yamina National conservatism ב Ayelet Shaked six.21%

7 / 120

seven / 120

Labor Social republic אמת Merav Michaeli half-dozen.09%

vii / 120

seven / 120

United Torah Judaism Religious conservatism ג Ashkenazi Haredim Moshe Gafni 5.63%

7 / 120

7 / 120

Yisrael Beiteinu Nationalism
ל Russian-speakers Avigdor Lieberman five.63%

seven / 120

7 / 120

Religious Zionist Religious Zionism ט Israeli settlers, Modern Orthodox and Hardal Jews Bezalel Smotrich five.12%

5 / 120

6 / 120

Otzma Yehudit Kahanism Itamar Ben-Gvir

1 / 120

one / 120

Joint List Big tent
Minority interests
ודעם Israeli Arabs Ayman Odeh 4.82%

vi / 120

half dozen / 120

New Hope National liberalism ת Gideon Sa’ar four.74%

6 / 120

6 / 120

Meretz Green politics מרצ Nitzan Horowitz 4.59%

6 / 120

6 / 120

Ra’am Islamic democracy עם Israeli Arab Sunni Muslims, Negev Bedouin Mansour Abbas 3.79%

four / 120

4 / 120


Despite numerous motions of no confidence being tabled in the Knesset, a regime has only been defeated by i in one case,[sixteen]
when Yitzhak Shamir’s authorities was brought downwards on 15 March 1990 as part of a plot that became known equally “the dingy fob” (Hebrew: התרגיל המסריח,
HaTargil HaMasriaḥ, lit. “the stinking trick”).

All the same, several governments have resigned every bit a result of no-confidence motions, even when they were not defeated. These include the 5th government, which fell after Prime Minister Moshe Sharett resigned in June 1955 post-obit the abstention of the General Zionists (part of the governing coalition) during a vote of no-confidence;[17]
the ninth government, which fell after Prime number Minister Ben-Gurion resigned in January 1961 over a movement of no-conviction on the Lavon Affair;[18]
and the seventeenth government, which resigned in December 1976 after the National Religious Party (function of the governing coalition) abstained in a motility of no-confidence confronting the government.


The Knesset outset convened on 14 Feb 1949 in Tel Aviv post-obit the 20 January elections, replacing the Conditional State Quango which acted as Israel’s official legislature from its date of independence on 14 May 1948 and succeeding the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish customs’due south representative body during the Mandate era.[19]

The Knesset compound sits on a hilltop in western Jerusalem in a district known as Sheikh Badr earlier the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, at present Givat Ram. The main edifice was financed by James de Rothschild equally a gift to the Land of Israel in his will and was completed in 1966. It was built on land leased from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.[20]
Over the years, meaning additions to the structure were constructed, however, these were congenital at levels beneath and behind the main 1966 structure as not to detract from the original assembly edifice’s advent.

Before the structure of its current location, the Knesset met in Tel Aviv,[19]
before moving to the Froumine building in Jerusalem.[21]

Location and construction timeline

  • xiv Feb 1949: Starting time meeting of the Constituent Associates, Jewish Bureau, Jerusalem
  • 16 February 1949: Proper noun “Knesset” approved for the Elective Assembly; number of members fixed at 120; the Knesset starts convening in Tel Aviv (first every bit at what is now the Opera Belfry, later at the San Remo Hotel in Tel Aviv)[22]
  • 26 December 1949 – 8 March 1950: Knesset moved to Jerusalem; first convened at the Jewish Agency building
  • 13 March 1950: Knesset moved to the Froumine House, in King George Street, Jerusalem[22]
  • 1950–1955: Israeli government holds architectural competitions for the permanent Knesset building. Ossip Klarwein’south original blueprint won the contest
  • 1955: Government approves plans to build the Knesset in its current location
  • 1957: James de Rothschild informs Prime Government minister David Ben-Gurion of his desire to finance the structure of the building
  • fourteen Oct 1958: Cornerstone-laying for new Knesset building
  • 30 August 1966: Dedication of new building (during the sixth Knesset)
  • 1981: Construction of new wing begins
  • 1992: New wing opens
  • 2001: Structure starts on a large new fly that substantially doubles the overall floorspace of the Knesset chemical compound.
  • 2007: New big wing opens

Knesset assemblies

Each Knesset session is known past its ballot number. Thus the Knesset elected by Israel’s first election in 1949 is known as the
Starting time Knesset. The current Knesset, elected in 2021, is the Twenty-fourth Knesset.

  • 1st (1949–1951)
  • 2d (1951–1955)
  • 3rd (1955–1959)
  • 4th (1959–1961)
  • fifth (1961–1965)
  • 6th (1965–1969)
  • 7th (1969–1974)
  • eighth (1974–1977)
  • ninth (1977–1981)
  • 10th (1981–1984)
  • 11th (1984–1988)
  • 12th (1988–1992)
  • 13th (1992–1996)
  • 14th (1996–1999)
  • 15th (1999–2003)
  • 16th (2003–2006)
  • 17th (2006–2009)
  • 18th (2009–2013)
  • 19th (2013–2015)
  • 20th (2015–2019)
  • 21st (2019)
  • 22nd (2019–2020)
  • 23rd (2020–2021)
  • 24th (2021–2022)
  • 25th (TBD)


The Knesset holds forenoon tours in Hebrew, Arabic, English language, French, Spanish, German language, and Russian on Sunday and Thursday, and there are likewise live session viewing times on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings.[23]


A member of the Knesset Guard

The Knesset is protected by the Knesset Guard, a protective security unit of measurement responsible for the security of the Knesset building and Knesset members. Guards are stationed outside the building to provide armed protection, and ushers are stationed inside to maintain guild. The Knesset Guard also plays a ceremonial office, participating in land ceremonies, which includes greeting dignitaries on Mount Herzl on the eve of Israeli Independence Day.

Public perception

A poll conducted past the Israeli Democracy Institute in April and May 2014 showed that while a majority of both Jews and Arabs in Israel are proud to exist citizens of the country, both groups share a distrust of State of israel’due south authorities, including the Knesset. Nearly three quarters of Israelis surveyed said corruption in Israel’southward political leadership was either “widespread or somewhat prevalent”. A majority of both Arabs and Jews trusted the Israel Defence Forces, the President of Israel, and the Supreme Court of Israel, but Jews and Arabs reported similar levels of mistrust, with trivial more than a 3rd of each group claiming confidence in the Knesset.[24]

Come across also

  • Great Assembly
  • Elections in Israel
  • Politics of Israel
  • Knesset Guard
  • Listing of Arab members of the Knesset
  • Lists of Knesset members
  • List of Knesset speakers
  • List of legislatures by country



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    The Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2005
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    The Knesset. Retrieved viii September 2011.

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    Synagogue, The Dandy (Heb. כְּנֶסֶת הַגְּדוֹלָה, Keneset ha-Gedolah) Jewish Virtual Library
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    “Basic Laws – Introduction”. Knesset. Retrieved
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    Key Roles in the (24th) Knesset, Knesset website

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    Legislation. Retrieved eight September 2011.

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    Knesset Committees. Retrieved 8 September 2011.

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    The Organization of the Piece of work of the Knesset. (17 February 2003). Retrieved eight September 2011.

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    “Lobbies of the Twentieth Knesset”.

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    Ahren, Raphael (xi June 2013). “Coalition chief heading caucus that seeks to retain unabridged West Banking concern”.
    The Times of Israel.
    Knesset caucuses, sometimes called lobbies, are informal groups of parliamentarians that gather around a certain cause or topic. There are hundreds of such caucuses, but the ane Levin and Strock at present head is 1 of the largest — if not the largest, with xx-30 members in the last Knesset — and virtually active.

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    “All 120 incoming Knesset members”.
    The Times of Israel
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  13. ^

    Lis, Jonathan (12 March 2014). “Israel raises balloter threshold to iii.25 per centum”.
    . Retrieved
    8 January

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    “1969 Ballot”.
    Israel Democracy Institute
    (in Hebrew). Retrieved
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    “להקים מחדש את “המערך”“.
    (in Hebrew). Retrieved
    19 May

  16. ^

    The Plenum – Motions of No-Confidence Knesset website

  17. ^

    Factional and Government Make-Up of the Second Knesset Knesset website

  18. ^

    Factional and Government Brand-Up of the Quaternary Knesset Knesset website
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    “Knesset – History”.
    . Retrieved
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  20. ^

    Defacement in Jerusalem monastery threatens diplomatic crunch Haaretz, 8 October 2006

  21. ^

    Beit Froumine. (30 August 1966). Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  22. ^



    “The Knesset’s Anniversary”.
    . Retrieved
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    Knesset Times to Visit. Retrieved 8 September 2011.

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    Pileggi, Tamar (four Jan 2015). “Tamar Pileggi ‘Jews and Arabs proud to exist Israeli, distrust authorities: Poll conducted earlier state of war shows marked rise in support for country among Arabs; religious institution scores low on trust’“.
    The Times of State of israel.

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