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Knesset
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Unicameral
Members 120
Political groups Kadima
Labour-Meimad
Shas
Likud
Meeting place
Knesset Building (South Side).JPG
Knesset, Jerusalem
Website
www.knesset.gov.il

The Knesset is the legislative branch of the government of Israel. It makes laws, elects the president and prime minister, supervises the work of the government, and has the power to remove the President and the State Comptroller from office and to call new elections.

The Knesset has authority to make and change any laws without being overturned. It can pass any law by a simple majority. The use of party-list proportional representation has had a profound effect on the nature of Israeli politics and thus on the wider Middle East conflict.

The Knesset first convened on February 14, 1949 and there are 120 members. The current Knesset building is located on a hilltop in the west of Jerusalem, it was paid for by Lord James A. de Rothschild as a gift to the State of Israel.

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