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.