MKs Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) and Michal Rozin (Meretz) won the Israel Democracy
Institute’s Outstanding Parliamentarian Award Monday.
The annual honor
promotes excellence in the Knesset, which a study on Monday said is, 65 years
after its founding, the least-trusted of all public institutions respondents
were asked about.
The IDI chose Mitzna and Rozin out of 10 candidates.
The selection was based on many criteria, including: participation in committee
meetings, proposed legislation, motions for the agenda, speeches, requests for
assistance from the Knesset Research and Information Center, attendance of
Knesset sessions and reprimands from the Knesset Ethics
Mitzna, chairman of the Knesset Education, Culture and Sport
Committee, took the opportunity to note her accomplishments.
to have the opportunity as an MK [to lead the committee] and put topics on the
public agenda,” she said.
“Since I entered this position, I focused on
closing the gaps between the center and the periphery, granting equal
opportunities, as well as strengthening public education and teachers. It’s
important to show that parliamentary work is first and foremost a tool to serve
the public that elected us.”
Rozin, chairwoman of the Knesset Special
Committee on Foreign Workers, expressed excitement “to know that my hard work
and investment is recognized and appreciated.”
“I promise to continue
fighting with my hard-working fellow party members for human rights and for
women’s rights with the same persistence in 2014. That’s what we’re here for,”
The award committee is headed by former Supreme Court Justice
Theodor Or and made up of former MKs Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, Yair Tsaban,
Rabbi Yitzhak Levy, Issam Makhoul and Prof. Yuli Tamir, as well as former
ambassador to the UN Prof. Gabriela Shalev.
Meanwhile, a joint study by
Haifa University and Ben-Gurion University found that the public has more trust
in the Knesset than at any time since the poll was first conducted in 2000 – on
a scale from one to five, with five being the most trustworthy and one the
least, the parliament ranked at 2.45.
Knesset members ranked at 2.29 and
ministers at 2.35, also their highest ranking ever in the annual
“It could be that [the rise in trust in the Knesset] reflects
optimism about the makeup of the current Knesset, which brought new faces to the
political environment that target their messages to the middle class,” Prof.
Eran Vigoda-Gadot of the Haifa University School of Political Science said.
“Only time will tell if their hopes will become reality or not.”
the public still has less trust in the Knesset and MKs than all other public
institutions in the study.
On Tuesday, the Knesset will celebrate its
65th birthday, which is on Tu B’Shvat, with an open house involving activities
for children and adults, such as story time with Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
and discussions of current events with MKs.