The Knesset

The Knesset

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The Knesset is the main legislative body of the Israeli government. It enacts laws, elects the President and Prime Minister, supervises government, and more. It is split up into multiple committees that oversee each segment of government, such as finance and labor. There are 120 Knesset members (MKs), and each is elected to four-year terms. The Knesset was first convened February 14, 1949, following the January elections.

The Knesset building is located atop a hilltop in the quiet Givat Ram neighborhood of Jerusalem. It was constructed in 1966, and though additions have been added over time, the original 1966 basic structure remains. Tours in Hebrew, English, Arabic, German, Russian, Spanish, and French are available throughout the day and visitors are welcome to sit in on some debates. Read more here.

Individuals who wish to take a tour in the Knesset can show up with no previous reservation at the following times and languages (Valid on Sundays and Thursdays):

Hebrew: 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 English: 8:30, 12:00, 14:00 Arabic: 13:30 French: 13:00 Russian: 11:00 Spanish: 10:00 German: 8:30

For groups of 10 and above please coordinate your visit with the Knesset Visitor's center at 02 -6753337 for daily visits from Sundays to Thursday starting from 09:00 - 18:00 pm.

Please note that the security measures are very strict, and all visitors must present a valid passport and wear modest clothes.

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  • Irena Baram
    Irena Baram
    October 1, 2023

    Please make sure to bring your ID. Otherwise you will not be allowed to let in. If you are not part of a big group pre-registration is not required. Just come in for the tour scheduled on the website. A lot of languages a...

  • Katya Alfandari
    Katya Alfandari
    March 2, 2020

    Central place of Israel government. It impossible to enter without special invitation or group tour. But it not so far from central bus and train stations. Near are two beautiful parks

  • James Doig
    James Doig
    March 30, 2018

    Really enjoyed our tour of the Knesset, which provides a good mix of insight into Israeli politics, the building and the history of the country. The tapestries were beautiful and its was interesting to see the Plenary ro...

  • Shimon Beer
    Shimon Beer
    June 2, 2022

    Interesting, the heart of Israel's democracy

  • Kathryn Foss
    Kathryn Foss
    October 11, 2018

    Very quiet and calm. Not much traffic or tourists. The building itself isn’t as impressive as other government capitals.

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