The Origins Of The House Essay

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The state of Israel was declared in 1948 after the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, sparking a yearlong war over the state’s existence (Mahler, 2010: 41). Despite the turmoil, the newly created state designed and implemented its own legislature and held an election even as the war was still going on across the country. The Legislature called the Knesset, after an ancient Jewish tradition, became the ruling body of the State of Israel for the next 67 years. This essay will examine the Knesset looking at four main factor, the origins of the house, how a bill becomes law, its representation of various demographics, and attempts at reforming the house.
The origins of the Knesset begins way back in 500 BCE with a body called the Knesset HaGedolah, a religious body in early Jewish history that acted as a centre of faith for the Jewish community (Pirkei Avot, 1:1). The current Knesset holds the same number of seats as the early version, but lacks the overtly religious factors as well as acting as staple of the Israeli government, as opposed to a strictly religious organization. The current Knesset was born out of an attempt to forge a state in the heart of Palestine, and was organized in a similar manner to its pre-history version (Chazan, 2005: 392). The building that currently holds the Knesset was built in 1966, from donations James A. de Rothschild (, 2006).
The process to making a bill become a law depends on who exactly is proposing a bill. If it is a…

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