Knesset

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HaKnesset
‎הכנסת

الكنيست
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Unicameral
Leadership
Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, HaLikud
since March 18, 2013
Leader of the Opposition Yitzhak Herzog, HaAvoda-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.

Elections results[change | change source]

Party In English 2015
(20th K.)
2013
(19th K.)
2009
(18th K.)
2006
(17th K.)
HaLikud The Consolidation 30 18 27 12
HaMahaneh HaTziyoni Zionist Union 24
HaReshima HaMeshutefet /
al-Qa'imah al-Mushtarakah
Joint List 13
Yesh Atid There is a Future 11 19
Kulanu All of Us 10
HaBayit HaYehudi The Jewish Home 8 12 3
Shas (Religious) guardians of the Sephardim 7 11 10 12
Yisrael Beiteinu Israel Our Home 6 13 15 11
Yahadut HaTorah HaMeuhedet United Torah Judaism 6 7 5 6
Meretz Vigour 5 6 3 5
HaAvoda Israeli Labor Party 19 15 8 20
HaTnuah The Movement 5 6
Hadash 5 4 4 3
Balad 3 3 3 3
Ra'am 3 3 3 2
Kadima Forward 2 28 29
Ta'al 2 1 1 1
Independence 5
National Union 4
Am Shalem 1
National Union - Mafdal 9
Gil 7
Total 120 120 120 120
  • 2015 - Zionist Union: HaAvoda and HaTnuah (in italics).
  • 2015 - Joint List: Hadash, Balad, Ra'am and Ta'al (in italics).

References[change | change source]

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