Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Extensive renovations of the Knesset plenum were completed on Monday, for the
first time in 20 years.
Knesset staff members presented the plenum to
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, after more than a month of repairs.
renovations took place during the Knesset recess, and included rewiring and
installing new carpeting as well as new computer and communications
“Even the place where democratic decisions are made needs
occasional repairs and improvements – but it never stops working,” Rivlin said,
after examining the changes.
“The plenum’s systems were renewed after
decades, and they will ensure that the Knesset will function properly in the
Knesset Director-General Dan Landau said the NIS 600,000
renovation was meant to make the work in the plenum more modern and
“The awkward patchwork repairs of previous years are over. In
the last Knesset session there were a number of technical errors that made work
difficult. Today, after the renovations, the Knesset has been significantly
upgraded, and looks the way the Knesset should in 2011,” Landau
He also said the Knesset’s electronic voting system, which was
installed eight years ago, will need to be replaced next year, and repairs to
the Knesset’s infrastructure have made this possible.