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Israeli Legislative Election, 2015
Early ELECTIONS FOR THE TWENTIETH KNESSET were held in Israel
Israel
on 17 March 2015. Disagreements within the governing coalition , particularly over the budget and a "Jewish state" proposal , led to the dissolution of the government in December 2014. The Labor Party and Hatnuah
Hatnuah
formed a coalition, called Zionist Union
Zionist Union
, with the hope of defeating the Likud
Likud
party, which had led the previous governing coalition along with Yisrael Beiteinu
Yisrael Beiteinu
, Yesh Atid
Yesh Atid
, The Jewish Home and Hatnuah
Hatnuah
. The incumbent Prime Minister , Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin Netanyahu
of Likud
Likud
, declared victory in the election with Likud
Likud
picking up the highest number of votes
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Law Of Return
The LAW OF RETURN (Hebrew : חֹוק הַשְׁבוּת‎, ḥok ha-shvūt) is Israeli legislation, passed on 5 July 1950, which gives Jews
Jews
the right to live in Israel
Israel
and to gain Israeli citizenship . In 1970, the right of entry and settlement was extended to people with one Jewish grandparent and non-Jewish people who were married to Jews, although they were not considered Jewish under Jewish law
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Jerusalem Law
The JERUSALEM LAW (Hebrew : חוק יסוד: ירושלים בירת ישראל‎‎, Arabic : قانون القدس‎‎) is a common name of Basic Law: Jerusalem, Capital of Israel
Israel
passed by the Knesset on 30 July 1980 (17th Av , 5740). CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Text of the Law * 3 References * 4 External links HISTORYIt began as a private member\'s bill proposed by Geulah Cohen , whose original text stated that "the integrity and unity of greater Jerusalem
Jerusalem
(Yerushalayim rabati) in its boundaries after the Six-Day War shall not be violated." However, this clause was dropped after the first reading in the Knesset
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List Of Presidents Of Israel
This article lists the CHAIRMEN OF THE PROVISIONAL STATE COUNCIL AND PRESIDENTS OF ISRAEL since the adoption of the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. CONTENTS * 1 Chairmen of the Provisional State Council
Provisional State Council
(1948–1949) * 2 Presidents of Israel
Israel
(1949–present) * 2.1 Notes * 3 Main biographical data * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links CHAIRMEN OF THE PROVISIONAL STATE COUNCIL (1948–1949) COLOUR KEY Mapai
Mapai
/Alignment /Labor General Zionists
General Zionists
As Chairman of the Provisional State Council, Chaim Weizmann
Chaim Weizmann
served as de facto head of state until his election as President
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Government Of Israel
The GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL (officially: Hebrew : ממשלת ישראל‎‎ Memshelet Yisrael) exercises executive authority in the State of Israel
Israel
. It consists of ministers who are chosen and led by the prime minister . The composition of the government must be approved by a vote of confidence in the Knesset
Knesset
(the Israeli parliament). Under Israeli law, the prime minister may dismiss members of the government, but must do so in writing, and new appointees must be approved by the Knesset. Most ministers lead ministries , though some are ministers without portfolio . Most ministers are members of the Knesset, though only the Prime Minister and the "designated acting prime minister " are required to be Knesset
Knesset
members. Some ministers are also called deputy and vice prime ministers. Unlike the designated acting prime minister, these roles have no statutory meanings
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List Of Prime Ministers Of Israel
This article lists the PRIME MINISTERS OF ISRAEL since the adoption of the Israeli Declaration of Independence
Israeli Declaration of Independence
in 1948. CONTENTS* 1 Prime Ministers of Israel
Israel
(1948–present) * 1.1 Notes * 2 Term of office in years * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links PRIME MINISTERS OF ISRAEL (1948–PRESENT) COLOUR KEY Mapai /Alignment /Labor Likud Kadima A total of twelve people have served as Prime Minister of Israel, five of whom have served on two non-consecutive occasions. Additionally, one person, Yigal Allon , has served solely as an Interim Prime Minister. The other two who have served as Interim Prime Minister have gone on to become the Prime Minister
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Basic Laws Of Israel
The BASIC LAWS OF ISRAEL (Hebrew : חוקי היסוד‎‎, ħuqey ha-yesod) are the constitutional laws of the State of Israel
Israel
. These laws deal with the formation and role of the principal institutions of the state, and with the relations between the state's authorities. They also protect civil rights, although some of these rights were earlier protected at common law by the Supreme Court of Israel. The Basic Laws are intended to be draft chapters of the future Israeli constitution , postponed since 1950, and act as a de facto constitution until their future incorporation into a formal, unitary, written constitution. Israel
Israel
as of 2017 functions according to an uncodified constitution consisting of both material constitutional law, based upon cases and precedents, common law, and the provisions of these formal statutes
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President Of Israel
Coordinates : 31°46′11″N 35°12′51″E / 31.76972°N 35.21417°E / 31.76972; 35.21417 President of the State of Israel נשיא מדינת ישראל Presidential Standard Incumbent Reuven Rivlin since 24 July 2014 STYLE His Excellency RESIDENCE Beit HaNassi APPOINTER Knesset
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Reuven Rivlin
REUVEN "RUVI" RIVLIN (Hebrew : רְאוּבֵן "רוּבִי" רִיבְלִין‎, ( listen ); born 9 September 1939) is an Israeli politician and lawyer who has been the tenth and current President of Israel
President of Israel
since 2014. He is a member of the Likud
Likud
party. Rivlin was Minister of Communications from 2001 to 2003 and subsequently served as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2013. On 10 June 2014, he was elected President of Israel. Rivlin argues for a Greater Israel
Israel
that would embrace all people and give the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza full Israeli citizenship. He is also a strong supporter of minority rights , particularly for Arab citizens of Israel . He supports the one-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict
Israeli–Palestinian conflict
. Rivlin is fluent in Arabic
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Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (/dʒəˈruːsələm/ ; Hebrew
Hebrew
: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם‬ Yerushaláyim ; Arabic : القُدس‎ al-Quds ) is a city in the Middle East
Middle East
, located on a plateau in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea
Dead Sea
. It is one of the oldest cities in the world , and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions Judaism
Judaism
, Christianity
Christianity
and Islam
Islam
. Israelis and Palestinians both claim Jerusalem
Jerusalem
as their capital , as Israel
Israel
maintains its primary governmental institutions there and the State of Palestine
State of Palestine
ultimately foresees it as its seat of power; however, neither claim is widely recognized internationally
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Politics Of Israel
POLITICS IN ISRAEL is dominated by Zionist
Zionist
parties. They traditionally fall into three camps, the first two being the largest: Labor Zionism
Labor Zionism
(social democrat ), Revisionist Zionism
Revisionist Zionism
(conservative ) and Religious Zionism
Religious Zionism
. There are also several non- Zionist
Zionist
Orthodox religious parties, non- Zionist
Zionist
left-wing groups, as well as non- Zionist
Zionist
and anti- Zionist
Zionist
Israeli Arab
Israeli Arab
parties
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Constitution Of Israel
The State of Israel
State of Israel
has an unwritten constitution . Instead of a formal written constitution , and in accordance with the Harari Decision (החלטת הררי) of 13 June 1950 adopted during the Israeli Constituent Assembly , the State of Israel
State of Israel
has enacted several Basic Laws of Israel dealing with the government arrangements and with human rights. The Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak
Aharon Barak
ruled that the Basic Laws should be considered the state's constitution, and that became the common approach throughout his tenure (1995-2006). Opponents of this approach include Barak's colleague, Judge of the Supreme Court Mishael Cheshin . According to Israel's proclamation of independence of May 14, 1948, a constituent assembly should have prepared a constitution by October 1, 1948
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Deputy Leaders Of Israel
DEPUTY LEADERS in Israel
Israel
fall into three categories: Acting Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Vice Prime Minister. Deputy Prime Minister and Vice Prime Minister are honorary rather than official executive positions, but entitle the office-holder to a place in the cabinet . Acting Prime Ministers take the place of the Prime Minister if he or she is temporarily incapacitated, while the incumbent is still in office. If the Prime Minister is removed by impeachment, dies, or becomes permanently incapacitated, the cabinet appoints an Interim Prime Minister to serve until a new government is formed
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Cabinet Of Israel
The GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL (officially: Hebrew : ממשלת ישראל‎‎ Memshelet Yisrael) exercises executive authority in the State of Israel
Israel
. It consists of ministers who are chosen and led by the prime minister . The composition of the government must be approved by a vote of confidence in the Knesset
Knesset
(the Israeli parliament). Under Israeli law, the prime minister may dismiss members of the government, but must do so in writing, and new appointees must be approved by the Knesset. Most ministers lead ministries , though some are ministers without portfolio . Most ministers are members of the Knesset, though only the Prime Minister and the "designated acting prime minister " are required to be Knesset
Knesset
members. Some ministers are also called deputy and vice prime ministers. Unlike the designated acting prime minister, these roles have no statutory meanings
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Yuli Edelstein
YULI-YOEL EDELSTEIN ( Hebrew
Hebrew
: יולי-יואל אדלשטיין‎, Russian : Ю́лий Ю́рьевич Эдельште́йн, Ukrainian : Ю́лий Ю́рійович Едельште́йн, born 5 August 1958) is an Israeli politician. One of the most prominent refuseniks in the Soviet Union, he has been Speaker of the Knesset since 2013. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Political career * 3 Statements * 4 Personal life * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links BIOGRAPHYYuli Edelstein was born in Chernivtsi
Chernivtsi
in the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(now Ukraine
Ukraine
) to a Jewish family. His mother, Anita Edelstein was Jewish, while his father, Yuri Edelstein, is the son of a Jewish father and Christian mother
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