|Speaker||Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Likud
since March 18, 2013
|Leader of the Opposition||Yitzhak Herzog, Israeli Labor Party-Zionist Union
since November 25, 2013
|Political groups||Likud (30)
Zionist Union (24)
Joint List (13)
Yesh Atid (11)
The Jewish Home (8)
Yisrael Beiteinu (6)
United Torah Judaism (6)
(coalition parties in italics)
The Knesset (Hebrew: הכנסת ; the gathering 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.
Current Knesset is the 20th Knesset, elected on March 17, 2015 and sworn in on March 31, 2015.
The Knesset is located in Givat Ram, a neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
References[change | change source]
- The Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2005