Knesset building with State symbol 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The Knesset is undergoing an NIS 3,350,000 renovation during its summer recess,
which began this week.
A sharp increase of visitors to the legislature,
to almost 160,000 in the past year, required new arrangements, according to the
Knesset Spokesman’s Office. As such, three multimedia classrooms will be built
to enhance visits to the Knesset.
In addition, MK offices in the area of
the Knesset building will be renovated after 20 years of use. Forty-eight
offices will be painted and their carpets and furniture will be replaced. Some
of the old furniture will remain in use in the Knesset and some will be given to
A new ramp is being built to make the symbolic menorah in the
Rose Garden outside the Knesset more accessible to handicapped
The plenum is also being renovated. The sound system will be
replaced, as will the ceiling of the entrance hallway. Sprinklers will be
installed according to new fire safety standards.
The wall of the plenum
behind the stage where Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin sits and MKs give speeches
was sculpted by Dani Karavan over 40 years ago. This summer, the Knesset will
install the artist’s name and the title of his work – A Tribute to the
Independence Scroll – on the wall in Hebrew, English and Arabic.