Open main menu

Knesset

legislature of Israel


The Knesset (Hebrew: הכנסת‎ - lit. HaKnesset; meaning the gathering[2] or assembly; Arabic: الكنيست‎) is the legislative branch of the government of Israel. It makes laws, elects the president and prime minister, supervises the work of the government, and has the power to remove the President and the State Comptroller from office and to call new elections. The Knesset has de jure authority to make and change any laws without being overturned. It can pass any law by a simple majority. There are 120 members in the Knesset.

HaKnesset
‎הכנסת
الكنيست
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Yuli Edelstein, HaLikud
Since March 18, 2013
Yitzhak Herzog, HaAvoda-The Zionist Union
Since November 25, 2013
Structure
Seats120
Political groups
Coalition parties (66):

Opposition parties (54):

Meeting place
Knesset building (edited).jpg
Knesset, Jerusalem
Website
www.knesset.gov.il

The Knesset is in Givat Ram, a western central neighbourhood of Jerusalem.

Current Knesset is the 20th Knesset, elected on March 17, 2015 and sworn in on March 31, 2015.

Knesset building from the inside
Current Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit