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Knesset (Israeli Parliament) Biography

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“The Knesset is the house of representatives of the State of Israel. It is uni-cameral and has 120 Members representing numerous lists that are elected in general, country-wide, proportional elections once every four years.

The name ‘Knesset’ derives from the ‘Great Knesset’ (‘Great Assembly’) which convened in Jerusalem after the return of the Jews to Eretz Yisrael from the Babylonian exile in the fifth century B.C.E. The number of Knesset Members was also determined on the basis of the number of members of the Great Knesset…

The Knesset is the legislative branch, with the exclusive authority to enact laws. The Knesset may pass laws on any subject and in any matter, as long as a proposed law does not contradict an existing basic law, and the legislative process is carried out as required by the law.”

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Legislative Branch of the Israeli Government