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News and updates about Knesset

Knesset approves:

Government will advance Haredi Draft Law initiated by Gantz

Knesset approves by majority of 63 to 57 the continuous application of the Haredi Draft Law, allowing the legislative procedures to continue from where they left off in the previous Knesset.

Government will advance Haredi Draft Law initiated by Gantz

Rep. Elise Stefanik to Knesset:

'No excuse for Biden to halt weapons shipments to Israel'

Congresswoman Stefanik addresses Knesset, says US has a duty to stand by Israel 'fully and unconditionally' against the forces of barbarism.

'No excuse for Biden to halt weapons shipments to Israel'

'No excuse for Biden aid cut'

Rep. Elise Stefanik to address Knesset today

House Republican Conference Chair to visit sites of Hamas massacre, address Knesset in trip to Israel.

Rep. Elise Stefanik to address Knesset today

Smotrich vs. Gallant:

'Defense Minister is delaying operation in Judea and Samaria'

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich claims that numerous processes to seize land in Judea and Samaria are waiting only for the Defense Minister's signature.

'Defense Minister is delaying operation in Judea and Samaria'

Huge victory for Ad Kan:

Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

Igatha 48 was notified and given an opportunity to respond to concern of its collaboration with terrorist organizations. Minister Bezalel Smotrich: We warned of UAL’s connection to the nonprofit.

Igatha 48 to be shut down due to suspicion of financing terror

'Who are you?'

MK Yuli Edelstein forgets name of fellow MK

During a meeting of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the committee chairman MK Yuli Edelstein did not recognize Knesset member Yaron Levi from the Yesh Atid party.

MK Yuli Edelstein forgets name of fellow MK

Bedlam in the Knesset

MK Cassif accuses IDF soldiers of war crimes

A scene of chaos erupted in the Knesset after MK Ofer Cassif claimed: 'As the forces leave the hospital, the difficult testimonies, the pictures of the ruin and destruction, and the horrific stories of the survivors begin to come out.'

MK Cassif accuses IDF soldiers of war crimes

Knesset passes bill to close Al Jazeera in Israel

Minister Karhi, who submitted the bill, says, "There will be no freedom of speech for Hamas mouthpieces in Israel. Al Jazeera will be closed in the coming days."

Knesset passes bill to close Al Jazeera in Israel

Lapid at anti-government protest:

'How has Netanyahu not disappeared from our lives forever?'

Anti-government demonstrators gather outside the Knesset building in Jerusalem, demand early elections.

'How has Netanyahu not disappeared from our lives forever?'

Final Approval:

Day of commemoration for orphans' families in Israel

According to the bill an annual day of commemoration will be held on 25 Kislev for the families of orphans and marked by a special session in Knesset plenum and some of its committees.

Day of commemoration for orphans' families in Israel

Ben Gvir mocks Lapid:

'To which Lapid am I responding?'

Minister Ben Gvir dedicates an entire speech in the Knesset plenum to opposition leader Yair Lapid, mocks the fact that he makes contradictory statements.

'To which Lapid am I responding?'

A sad birthday

Birthdays of two hostages marked in the Knesset

The families of the hostages came to the Knesset to mark the birthdays of Shlomo Mansour (86) and Doron Steinbrecher (31) who are being held captive by Hamas.

Birthdays of two hostages marked in the Knesset

MK Moshe Saada:

Sa'ar demand justified. War Cabinet must be diverse

MK Moshe Saada is pleased with Minister Gideon Sa'ar's resignation from the National Unity party and believes it is possible to reach an agreement on a new draft law that will also include the Arabs.

Sa'ar demand justified. War Cabinet must be diverse

Biden:

'I have not scheduled a meeting with Netanyahu'

US President tells reporters he has no plans to address the Knesset at this time, after expressing a desire to do so in a TV interview.

'I have not scheduled a meeting with Netanyahu'

Outside the Knesset

Protester bites policewoman

Group of protesters arrive near the Knesset and clash with police who tried to evacuate the illegal demonstration.

Protester bites policewoman

Mother of hostage:

Leshem-Gonen: Every morning I ask Romi to forgive me

Merav Leshem-Gonen, tearfully: ‘I ask for Romi’s forgiveness, because 150 days have passed and I have managed to bring her home.’

Leshem-Gonen: Every morning I ask Romi to forgive me

MK Avigdor Liberman:

'Cancel the Knesset's winter break'

Yisrael Beytenu chairman sends letter to Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, asks him to cancel the winter break of the Knesset due to the war.

'Cancel the Knesset's winter break'

99 votes in favor:

Knesset overwhelmingly rejects imposing PA state

Majority of opposition MKs join coalition in supporting govt. statement rejecting foreign attempts to declare a Palestinian state while the war continues.

Knesset overwhelmingly rejects imposing PA state

Likud Minister delivers torrent of insults to MK

Minister May Golan used her time at the Knesset podium to give a lengthy tongue lashing to MK Merav Ben Ari.

Likud Minister delivers torrent of insults to MK

Knesset votes against impeaching Hadash MK

The vote failed after the required threshold of 90 MKs in favor of impeachment was not met.

Knesset votes against impeaching Hadash MK

Anti-UNRWA bill passes in preliminary reading

The bill was supported by 33 Knesset members, with 10 opponents, and will be forwarded to the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee for discussion.

Anti-UNRWA bill passes in preliminary reading

Ben-Gvir's 'Goat Speech'

National Security Minister Itamamr Ben-Gvir denounced the reports of an approaching prisoner exchange agreement in a Knesset address entitled 'The Goat Speech'.

Ben-Gvir's 'Goat Speech'

'I know Israel has true friends around the world'

MKs and Christian leaders gather at Knesset’s Jerusalem Hall to mark two decades of the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus.

'I know Israel has true friends around the world'

President Isaac Herzog:

'Only through unity will we be worthy of sacrifice'

President Isaac Herzog spoke at the 75th anniversary meeting of the Knesset and called for greater unity among all of Israeli society.

'Only through unity will we be worthy of sacrifice'

MKs from Judea and Samaria receive helmets, bulletproof vests

Knesset guard gives protective gear to MKs who live in Judea and Samaria in light of security threats following killing of Hamas leader.

MKs from Judea and Samaria receive helmets, bulletproof vests

'Do not be afraid':

Iranian opposition leader speaks at the Knesset

Iranian opposition leader Vahid Beheshti at the Knesset: You should not be afraid of attacking Iranian bases in Iran.

Iranian opposition leader speaks at the Knesset

Room with a view, Jerusalem

On a clear day, between the buildings you can see the Knesset, which has been enveloped in a fog of confusion during this war.Op-ed.

Room with a view, Jerusalem

Iranian opposition member to speak at Knesset tomorrow

Vahid Beheshti, a member of the Iranian opposition, will speak at the Knesset tomorrow about the future of the Gaza Strip after the war.

Iranian opposition member to speak at Knesset tomorrow

Northern children tell Knesset committee: We have nowhere to go

Children from northern Israel tell Interior Affairs Committee of the terror they endure every day under the threat of Hezbollah.

Northern children tell Knesset committee: We have nowhere to go

Netanyahu: I asked Xi Jinping to help recover hostages

Prime Minister Netanyahu told the Knesset Plenum of the many efforts being made to free the hostages, including an appeal to China.

Netanyahu: I asked Xi Jinping to help recover hostages

2 Arab MKs suspended from Knesset for false claims on war

MK Iman Khatib-Yasin suspended for 1 month for denying Hamas massacre, MK Aida Touma-Suleiman suspended for 2 months for lying about IDF.

2 Arab MKs suspended from Knesset for false claims on war

In the Knesset:

New command center to handle surge in weapons permit requests

Knesset Speaker proposes using non-essential Knesset workers to handle wartime surge in requests for weapons licenses.

New command center to handle surge in weapons permit requests

Herzog at Knesset:

'Our enemies are looking for any hint of division within us'

President opens Winter Session of the 25th Knesset: 'This House must mirror the unity of our nation at this time.'

'Our enemies are looking for any hint of division within us'

Knesset evacuated as rockets fired at Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Gaza terrorists launch massive barrage of rockets all over central Israel, disrupting opening of the Knesset's winter session.

Knesset evacuated as rockets fired at Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

Netanyahu:

'Our goal is to crush Hamas, remove threat once and for all'

At first Knesset session since massacre, PM says 'unity and determination' are the necessary factors for victory in the Hamas-started war.

'Our goal is to crush Hamas, remove threat once and for all'

Knesset approves unity govt

Netanyahu: 10-7 the most horrible day for Jews since Holocaust

'This really is a war for our home.  And it must end with one thing, a complete victory. And the crushing and elimination of Hamas.'

Netanyahu: 10-7 the most horrible day for Jews since Holocaust

Opposition MK's storm out of Ben-Gvir's speech

Several MKs from opposition parties left the hall as National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir attempted to speak.

Opposition MK's storm out of Ben-Gvir's speech

Knesset visit cancelled after Morocco Senate leader hospitalized

Enaam Mayara's visit to the Knesset tomorrow cancelled due to his hospitalization in Jordan.

Knesset visit cancelled after Morocco Senate leader hospitalized

Stickers cursing Itamar Ben Gvir plastered in Knesset bathroom

B'tsalmo Director General discovers sticker with obscene language plastered in Knesset bathroom stall, demands investigation be launched.

Stickers cursing Itamar Ben Gvir plastered in Knesset bathroom

For the first time:

Knesset to hold slichot concert

Hundreds of participants are expected to take part in the Slichot and Piyot event at the Knesset along with dozens of musicians and singers.

Knesset to hold slichot concert

Netanyahu arrives at Knesset following release from hospital

Hospital denies that PM was instructed to rest at home as Netanyahu arrives at Knesset for vote on Reasonableness Standard bill.

Netanyahu arrives at Knesset following release from hospital

'Siege on the Knesset'

Anti-government protesters attempt to block entrance to Knesset

Protesters claim that 'for the first time in the country's history, all four gates to the Knesset are blocked. '

Anti-government protesters attempt to block entrance to Knesset

Knesset to vote on first judicial reform bill today

The Knesset will vote on the Reasonableness Standard Bill, which would limit the use of the judicial doctrine of reasonableness.

Knesset to vote on first judicial reform bill today

Benny Gantz makes personal appeal to Netanyahu

The National Unity leader offers to have any consensus reached binding not only the current Knesset but the following one as well.

Benny Gantz makes personal appeal to Netanyahu

In first reading:

Knesset approves reduction of reasonableness cause

Knesset approves first reading of law to reduce the reasonableness cause by a majority of 64 to 56.

Knesset approves reduction of reasonableness cause

Watch: Protesters try to storm Knesset

Knesset security ordered the closing of the guest stand and an inspection of protest signs hung throughout the day on the building doors.

Watch: Protesters try to storm Knesset

MK told to step off platform while babywearing

MK Sharren Haskel steps off platform after being informed that Knesset's legal adviser does not allow MKs to speak holding children.

MK told to step off platform while babywearing

Knesset passes massive fines for monopolizing imports

Companies seeking to prevent parallel imports could face fines of up to 100M NIS.

Knesset passes massive fines for monopolizing imports

Netanyahu to Gantz, Lapid:

'Stop the threats and come back to the talks'

Secret ballot to pick Knesset's 2 representatives on the committee to select judges ends as both sides continue to trade barbs.

'Stop the threats and come back to the talks'

Poll: National Unity 28, Likud 26

Opposition parties lead the Coalition 66 to 54 according to latest poll. Majority say Opposition should get seat on judicial committee.

Poll: National Unity 28, Likud 26

Bereaved husband and father-in-law demands action against PA

Binyamin Horgen, who lost two loved ones to terrorism, went to the Knesset to demand lawmakers take stronger action against the PA.

Bereaved husband and father-in-law demands action against PA

Following all-night marathon:

Knesset approves 2023-2024 budget by a majority of 64 to 55

Arrangements Law for 2023-2024 approved as well. Netanyahu: We're continuing for four good years. Liberman: A dark stain on Israel.

Knesset approves 2023-2024 budget by a majority of 64 to 55

Coalition eyes early passage of budget - despite ongoing crisis

With one week to pass spending plan or face new elections, government presents its budget to the Knesset as divisions in Coalition remain.

Coalition eyes early passage of budget - despite ongoing crisis

City Tax Plan

Opposition MK ejected from stormy committee hearing

Yesh Atid lawmaker ejected - then allowed back into Knesset committee hearing on controversial city tax plan pushed by Finance Ministry.

Opposition MK ejected from stormy committee hearing

Poll: Israelis have greater trust in Knesset than Supreme Court

Regavim-Direct Polls survey shows 77% of Israelis trust the Knesset, compared to 50% who trust the Supreme Court.

Poll: Israelis have greater trust in Knesset than Supreme Court

Poll: Gantz widens lead over Netanyahu as Lapid tumbles

Anti-Netanyahu bloc holds 11-seat lead over Coalition, with National Unity projected to become Knesset's largest faction.

Poll: Gantz widens lead over Netanyahu as Lapid tumbles

Christian Allies Caucus launches operations in 25th Knesset

The KCAC works to forge direct lines of communication between MKs and Christian leaders, and political representatives throughout the world.

Christian Allies Caucus launches operations in 25th Knesset

Historic speech:

McCarthy tells Knesset: We thank you for the miracle of Israel

McCarthy is the second House Speaker in history to address the Knesset.

McCarthy tells Knesset: We thank you for the miracle of Israel

Judicial reform not on the agenda as Knesset reconvenes

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy slated to address opening of Knesset's summer session. State budget expected to dominate agenda.

Judicial reform not on the agenda as Knesset reconvenes

Israel at 75:

The Knesset as you have never seen it

On Israel’s 75th anniversary, footage from the Independence Day lighting project in the Knesset is revealed.

The Knesset as you have never seen it