Knesset (Parliament)
Knesset (Parliament)
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Free guided tours of Israel’s Parliament include an explanation of the structure of the Israeli government and a look at the famous tapestries of Marc Chagall, which illustrate important moments in Jewish history.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
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Sept 2023 • Friends
Israel is a Parliamentary Democracy. The Knesset is a handsome, single legislature located in Givat Ram. It was founded in 1949, following the establishment of the State of Israel. The Knesset was built with a gift from the Rothschild family. The Knesset has 120 members, elected every four years, based on an ancient model. The Knesset is formed from one nationwide electorate, based on a list system.
Written 3 November 2023
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KosherAndGlutenFree
New Jersey287 contributions
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Jan 2023 • Couples
The Knesset, Israel’s version of Congress, offers free tours in English for individual walk-ins on Sunday’s and Thursdays at 8:30, 12:00, and 2:00. According to the website, the tour allows a maximum of 50 participants. You do not need reservations - just show up and tell the guard at the entrance you are coming for the tour.

You must bring your passport to enter the building, and you will walk through an x-ray machine. I had a bag with food and water and that was no problem.

Our tour was led by Moshe, originally from Philadelphia, so he spoke perfect American English. The tour lasted an hour, and we learned about the Israeli election process, walked into the main chamber where the Knesset members meet, and saw other interesting artifacts and art work. Bathrooms are available.

This is not a *must do* for first time visitors to Israel (I’d suggest the Israel Museum and Yad Vashem way ahead of this) but if you’ve been to Israel before and are looking for something new for an hour or so, this is a nice addition.

It took about 20 minutes to walk from Ben Yehuda.
Written 2 January 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,418 contributions
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Oct 2022
Israel has a unicameral Parliament. Think of the United States without a Senate, or States. The Knesset has 120 members; this is the Legislative branch. There is also a Cabinet; this is the Executive branch. The Courts form the Judicial branch. The President is largely ceremonial. The Local and Regional governments handle lower-level issues. The Knesset is elected by nation-wide elections. The Knesset first met in 1949; it had no permanent home until 1966. The Knesset was constructed following a philanthropic donation by James "Jimmy" de Rothschild. The Knesset is a fine building, but please check that it is open when you want to attend.
Written 15 November 2022
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Rosalind G
Jerusalem, Israel107 contributions
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Feb 2019
The Knesset is a wonder of modern Israel and is incredibly accessible and entirely worth a visit. Highly recommended!
Written 16 January 2020
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Dawn G
Far Rockaway, NY17 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Couples
We had a very knowledgeable and pleasant English-speaking tour guide (Chovav) who gave overviews of the building as well as the judicial system. He answered questions knowledgeably about the current political situation without bias. We brought along a picnic which we enjoyed afterwards in the lovely Garden. Make sure and bring your passport or they will not let you enter. Tours are given on Sundays and Thursdays, make sure to sign up for your preferred language.
Written 4 January 2020
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Rina H.
Mevaseret Zion, Israel598 contributions
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May 2019
I visited the knesset, while I studied. it was a learning visit. it was amazing. I use a mobility scooter, and they did all efforts to make it accessible for me.
Written 25 December 2019
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Ronen Solomon
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
One of the most impressive parliament buildings. There is a beautiful garden outside the Knesset, a model of the Temple lamp and more. Within the Knesset you can view historical treasures of the Jewish people and the work of the Israeli parliament.
Written 18 October 2019
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Globaljoan
Hawaii614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
No entry to the public. Interesting to know that is the building where their government meets. There is a nice rose garden across the street with a large menorah donated to the Jews from the British that is more interesting to see and observe up close.
Written 24 September 2019
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Hesby Media
Stavanger, Norway88 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
There was a fence and wall around it, so we could not get up close. Maybe you can book a visit. But it was not like many castles and parliment buildings that you can get close and take photo. Atleast we did not see any possibilities.
Written 7 August 2019
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Joyce
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Took a free tour in English. Was pretty interesting. Everything there has an additional meaning and symbol.
Written 16 July 2019
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