Israelis can now read up on the details of every law that was ever passed by the Knesset. This week, the digitizing of legislation issued by the Knesset between 1949 and 2014 are available on the Knesset web site.
Until now, only laws passed since 1999 were available. The digitizing effort now covers all legislation passed into law, including details of the laws, discussions surrounding them, how MKs voted, and other important information.
The site has an improved search engine, which allows for extensive searching of the information in the database. The project was carried out by the Knesset web site, the digital unit of the Knesset archives, and a government computing unit.
Among the many interesting laws in the database are those discussing the penalty to be imposed on Nazi war criminals (passed by the first Knesset), the law establishing a broadcasting authority (the fifth Knesset), and the various Basic Laws.
Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said that the project was a very important one and will enhance the Knesset's transparency to Israeli citizens.
"The laws passed by the Knesset, including many passed decades ago, are very important today as well, both historically and in modern usage. The availability of this information to the public is an additional aspect of the Knesset's openness to all Israelis.
"I look forward to additional such projects that will give the public even more information on how laws come into existence in Israel."