Knesset

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HaKnesset
‎הכנסת

الكنيست
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Likud
since March 18, 2013
Leader of the Opposition Yitzhak Herzog, Israeli Labor Party-Zionist Union
since November 25, 2013
Members 120
Political groups

Coalition parties (66):

Opposition parties (54):

Meeting place
Knesset Building (South Side).JPG
Knesset, Jerusalem
Website
www.knesset.gov.il

The Knesset (Hebrew: הכנסת ; 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.

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.

Election results[change | change source]

Party 2015
(20th K.)
2013
(19th K.)
2009
(18th K.)
2006
(17th K.)
Likud 30 18 27 12
Zionist Union 24
Joint List 13
Yesh Atid 11 19
Kulanu 10
The Jewish Home 8 12 3
Shas 7 11 10 12
Yisrael Beiteinu 6 13 15 11
United Torah Judaism 6 7 5 6
Meretz 5 6 3 5
HaAvoda 19 15 8 20
Hatnuah 5 6
Hadash 5 4 4 3
Balad 3 3 3 3
Ra'am 3 3 3 2
Kadima 2 28 29
Ta'al 2 1 1 1
Independence 5
National Union 4
Am Shalem 1
National Union - NRP 9
Gil 7
Total 120 120 120 120
  • 2015 - Zionist Union: HaAvoda and Hatnuah.
  • 2015 - Joint List: Hadash, Balad, Ra'am and Ta'al.

References[change | change source]

  1. Former Yisrael Beiteinu politician.
  2. The Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2005