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04/03/2015   19th Knesset, Third Session, Pre-Election Recess
Spotlight
Voting for 20th Knesset begins Wednesday at Israeli missions abroad
Voting at Israel`s missions overseas will take place over the course of 36 hours; 6,250 representatives are eligible to vote in the elections. Israeli representatives at the consulate in Wellington, New Zealand will be the first to vote; the consulate in New York has the highest number of eligible voters, with about 600; the first ballots to be sent to Israel for tallying will be those from the embassy in Amman, Jordan


Analysis: Israel raises its electoral threshold
After the Knesset raises electoral threshold from 2% to 3.25%, Hebrew University Professor Reuven Hazan examines the history of Israel`s electoral system and the effects the higher threshold may have on composition of future legislatures. In his article, Prof. Hazan also compares Israel`s electoral threshold with that of countries such as Poland, Spain and Italy and discusses reasons for abolition of direct elections for the prime minister


Press Releases
4/3/2015 - Voting for 20th Knesset begins today at Israeli missions abroad
27/2/2015 - Former MK Nadia Hilou, the first Arab Christian lawmaker, passes away at 61
24/2/2015 - Former MK and minister Haim Corfu passes away at 94
23/2/2015 - Knesset employees complete parliament`s first sustainability course as part of ”Green Knesset” project
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On the Public Agenda
While summing up the work of the recently-dissolved 19th Knesset, Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said ”I am proud that in the limited amount of time we had at our disposal, very extensive parliamentary work was carried out here. We held hundreds of debates in the plenum and the committees, we approved dozens of laws and brought to every household in Israel the stormy public discourse related to every topic that touches our lives”


Yesteryear
4/3/1982
French President Francois Mitterrand addresses the plenum during a special session of the Knesset: ”The French nation is a friend of the Israeli nation. The dark years, the difficult tests that the Jewish communities faced still weigh on our minds, but the heart of the French nation beats as one for the establishment of the State of Israel. The Holocaust is closely involved and interwoven with your resurrection, and since then France has not ceased to admire the works and actions that are a symbol of the vitality that you have proven to have - that faith in the future.”



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