Happy 65th birthday, Knesset!

Until the end of 1949 the meetings of the Provisional State Council were held at the Tel Aviv Museum, the Kessem Cinema and the San Remo Hotel in the White City.

January 16, 2014 12:59
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The Knesset.

Knesset 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

The name Knesset derives from the Knesset Hagadol (the Great Assembly) which convened in Jerusalem after the return of the Jews to Eretz Yisrael from the Babylonian exile in the fifth century BCE.

The number of Knesset members was also determined by the number of members of the Great Assembly. The traditions of the Knesset and the way it functions were influenced by the Zionist Congress, which first convened in Basel in 1897, by the experience of the Assembly of Representatives of the Jewish community in Mandatory Palestine and – to a certain extent – by the procedures and customs of the British Parliament, considered the “mother” of all parliaments.


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