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Knesset Building Inaugurated, 1966

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

On This Day in Jewish History: August 30th, 1966

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#onthisday, 1966, the Knesset Building was inagurated and dedicated in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem.

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The ceremony had over 6,000 attendees, including the heads of 44 countries and emissaries from 47 Jewish-Diaspora communities.

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Architecturally, the most interesting areas of the original building are the plenum hall, Chagall State Hall, library, cabinet room, and the committee rooms.

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The Knesset functions as the unicameral national parliamentary legislature of Israel. Made up of 120 seats, the government is run by the party with control of a majority of seats following a national election.

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Currently, the Knesset is struggling to maintain a lasting and functional government with 3 elections in the last year and a half and a shaky unity government that may be on track for a 4th election.

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As the legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, and selects the President and Prime Minister - although the latter is ceremonially appointed by the President following a national election.

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The Knesset also approves the cabinet and supervises the general work and responsibilities of the Israeli government.

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Text Source: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/history-and-overview-of-the-knesset


Image Source: http://israelphilately.org.il/en/catalog/stamps/791/KNESSET%20BUILDING

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