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    Knesset, Israeli parliament

    by WorldMeet2008 Updated Jul 31, 2007

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    Israeli Parliament, HaKnesset in Hebrew, is located in Jerusalem, the Capital of the country.

    HaKnesset, the Legislative Authority, has 120 members. They are elected not personally, but as representitves of parties.

    Architecture:
    Designed as a modern version of Classical buildings. It reminds the Parthenon in Athens.

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    The pictures of the Knesset's Menorah

    by WStat Written Jun 7, 2008

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    The Menorha

    It was in the era of the Hasmoneans (the second to first centuries B.C.E.) that the Menorah (the seven branch candelabrum) first served as a national symbol, and upon the foundation of the State of Israel, it was chosen as its emblem, to symbolize the continuity and eternity of the Jewish People.
    The Menorah, which stands in the area in front of the Knesset gates, was designed by the Jewish English sculptor Benno Elkan, and was donated to the Knesset by the members of the British Parliament on April 15, 1956. The subjects depicted on its reliefs are drawn from the Jewish tradition.
    The nation is represented as a single whole, which is made up of many links. The glorious spiritual creations of the nation, its influential personalities and the fateful events that befell it, are depicted on the Menorah. The scenes on the Menorah are scattered with no chronological order, where every relief on a branch on the left side is complemented by one on a branch on the right side.
    The central branch presents the essence of the Jewish existence, the main elements of its faith and central figures in the life of the nation.
    Source: the Knesset

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    The Knesset

    by iblatt Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    The Knesset is the Israeli parliament, the symbol of Israeli democracy. It has 120 members, elected every four years, representing the various ethnic, social and religious groups in Israel: Jews and Arabs, secular and religious.

    During the first years of the State of Israel the Knesset convened in Tel-Aviv, but it was soon transferred to a temporary residence in Jerusalem (Frumin House on King George St). In 1950 plans were already made for the Knesset residence to be built on the south-eastern slope of Giv'at Ram, the hill where the government ministries were being built. Following an open competition for the architectural plan for the Knesset a winner was announced, and after some more delays building began in 1958. The new Knesset residence was inaugurated in 1966.

    I like the architecture of the Knesset building: it appears respectable but not awe-inspiring or intimidating; It is built on a low hill, seen from far away but is actually on street level. It gives a friendly impression, inviting to come in and witness the democratic procedures in action.

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    Knesset

    by Luckell Written Apr 15, 2013

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    Knesset is the unicameral legislature of Israel. It is sort of a parliament. The building is very big and beautiful. It is worth seeing. When I was there we couldn't go into the building but just being outside is cool. On the picture with the street sign you can see a guy taking a photo, that is me.
    I recommend you to take a look on this attraction. Enjoy!

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    The Knesset

    by antistar Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    Knesset, Jerusalem

    On a foul winter's day in Jerusalem, with the freezing rain hammering down upon my head, I decided to head off into Sacher Park to try and find the Israel and Bible Lands Museums. I got completely lost, and started to wander into a highly secure area. This was the entrance to the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. It wasn't a good idea for me to go wandering into the government headquarters in one of the most sensitive parts of the world, but it did bring me a bit of luck.

    Walking out of the Knesset was a friendly guy by the name of Didi. He took pity on my shambling wet carcass of a body and asked me where I wanted to go. Despite my sodden state, he offered to drive me there in his beautiful new car. I don't know if he was a politician or a civil servant, but if he was a politician and I was an Israeli, then I'd definitely vote for him after that!

    The Knesset is home to a diverse range of parties and opinions, from the far left to the far right. There are also numerous special interest parties, in particular religious ones, but also even unlikely special interest parties like one that caters purely to pensioners.

    Despite sometimes difficult relations with the Arabs, such as when the Central Elections Committee banned Balad for, among other things, opposing Israel's legally-mandated status as a Jewish state, the Arab parties hold 12 of the Knesset's 120 seats. That's maybe only 10% of seats for 20% of the population, but it puts even the US Senate to shame, which can only muster a single black Senator out of a hundred, despite blacks making up over 12% of the population. The decision to ban Balad was also eventually overturned by the Israeli Supreme Court.

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    Visit the Knesset, the Israeli parlement

    by jacobzoethout Updated Sep 15, 2005

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    Knesset, Jerusalem

    It is possible to visit the Israeli parlement building, the Knesset. Since 1966, the Israeli parlement is gathering here.
    On some hours, there are guided tours, for which you have to book in advance. On specific days (call to make sure) you can watch Knesset sessions. You have to bring a pasport and you cannot take your bag and camera inside. There is a place where public can watch the sessions behind bullet-free glass. If you are lucky (we were) you will see Shimon Peres.

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    Knesset, Israeli Parliament

    by FruitLover Updated Apr 8, 2007

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    Israeli Parliament, Knesset in Hebrew, is located in Jerusalem, the Capital of the country.

    Knesset, the Legislative Authority, has 120 members. They are elected not personally, but as representitves of parties.

    Architecture:
    Designed as a modern version of Classical buildings. It reminds theParthenon in Athens.

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    Knesset, Israeli Parliament

    by FruitLover Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    Israeli Parliament, Knesset in Hebrew, is located in Jerusalem, the Capital of the country.

    Knesset, the Legislative Authority, has 120 members. They are elected not personally, but as representitves of parties,

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    Knesset - Menorah

    by FruitLover Written Apr 3, 2006

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    The Knesset Menorah
    The Menorah, embraced by two olive branches, is the official emblem of the State of Israel. This one, across from the Knesset, was given by British Government on the eight anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. It has 29 motifs, with sculpted
    figures that depict different periods of Jewish history.

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    Israeli Parliament

    by machomikemd Written Oct 11, 2013
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    The Knesset is the Israeli Parliament and it is located in West Jerusalem. the Building is located in the Knesset Area, near out hotel in Rupin Bridge. The Knesset comes from the ancient hebrew word for 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 development of Rabbinic Judaism (During the Roman Period and the suceeding Jewish Revolts). At present, the Knesset has 120 members of parliament and Shimon Peres is the President (ceremonial role) and Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu is the Prime Minister. there are free tours of the knesset building for the public and tourists from on Sunday and Thursday and there are also live session viewing times on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, unfortunately, we did not have time to do this.

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    Knesset - Israeli Parliament house

    by Sharon Updated May 20, 2005

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    The Knesset

    The Knesset is the Israeli Parliament. Where 120 clowns sits and gets decisions for us whether we like it or not !
    Im not sure regarding the visit hours but that can be checked via google.

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    The Knesset (Parliament)

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 22, 2004

    Next to the Israel Museum and the Bible one.

    Free tours in English on Mon.

    Tickets are available at the Knesset office, you need to bring your passport.

    Again we missed it

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