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Israel Flag Israel Flag
Country Israel
Country code IL
City Jerusalem
Form of government Unitary Parliamentary Republic
Size in km² 21640
Population 8064036
Year of construction 1966


Type Horseshoe
Volume 209500
Architect Joseph Klarwein (PL)


The Knesset (Hebrew: הַכְּנֶסֶת [haˈkneset] lit. the gathering or assembly; Arabic: الكنيست‎ al-Knīssat) is the unicameral national legislature of Israel. As the legislative branch of the Israeli government, the Knesset passes all laws, elects the President and Prime Minister (although the latter is ceremonially appointed by the President), approves the cabinet, and supervises the work of the government. In addition, the Knesset elects the State Comptroller. It also has the power to waive the immunity of its members, remove the President and the State Comptroller from office, dissolve the government in a constructive vote of no confidence, and to dissolve itself and call new elections. The Prime Minister may dissolve the Knesset. However, until an election is completed, the Knesset maintains authority in its current composition. The Knesset is located in Givat Ram, Jerusalem. 

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While early representational buildings of Zionism strove to form a synthesis of western modernist and local architectural traditions, Israel's "Knesset" building has emerged as a classical monumental parliament building. A colonnade of full-length columns surrounds a broad cubiform structure and an inner courtyard divided by the plenary hall. Josef Klarwein’s original design was substantially modified following criticism of its alleged fascist-connoted neoclassicism.

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Members of parliament 120 GPD per capita in PPP in US$ 33.230
Number of women 32 HDI 0,894
Pop. per MP 67.200 Democracy index 7,77
CO2 total 64.795 CO2 per capita 8,28


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