The special and painful moments: a special photo project in honor of the Knesset's 73rd birthday
This year, the Knesset, like the rest of us, experienced a difficult year full of funny and dramatic moments alongside the Corona plague.
Today - as on every Tu B'Shvat - the Knesset celebrates its birthday. In a special Walla! Project, Knesset photographers captured moments that tell a story that sometimes only a camera lens can tell | View photos
Monday, 17 January 2022, 23:28
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Today she is 73 years old and no longer a child.
It has been said many times that her face is the face of the country.
Each period and its uniqueness.
The bride of joy, of course, is the Knesset of Israel, which celebrates its birthday every Tu B'Shvat and this time will mark seventy-three years of existence. Tough, swearing in a Knesset and forming a new government, electing a president, approving a state budget, boycotting the committees and countless white nights.
Alongside them, lots of human moments that tell a story that sometimes only a professional camera lens can capture the moment. Knesset Noam Moskowitz and Danny Shem Tov return to the special moments and present the story of the past year in pictures from the residence of democracy.
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Netanyahu and Gantz in a particularly tense moment (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
The beginning of the 24th Knesset, the end of the Netanyahu-Ganz government.
The two sat together in the plenum in one of the discussions, turning their backs on each other, in what symbolizes the murky relations and mistrust that led Israel to the fourth election and the formation of the Bennett-Lapid government.
Bibi and Tibi in a joint conversation (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
After a sharp attack by the Likud against the joint list in the never-ending elections, the 24th Knesset knew quite a bit of cooperation between the Likud and the Arab party that remained in opposition.
Most of them are about preliminary talks between senior Likud members and the faction's chairman, MK Ahmad Tibi, who also headed Netanyahu's attack on him.
Government selfie after budget approval (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
Early in the morning, members of the Bennett-Lapid coalition stood for victory after recording one of its first and most notable achievements: the approval of the state budget for the years 2021-2022.
Deri and Shas' friends on the opposition benches (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
After 7 years, the ultra-Orthodox returned to the opposition, lost their positions of power and budgets and did not agree to proposals to join or support the new government.
The resolute support for Netanyahu took a significant toll on them, which is very evident in the opposition struggle they are waging against the government.
MK Shirley Pinto and her coalition members with the new baby (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
This was one of the rare moments that the Knesset of Israel knew.
MK Shirley Pinto, who gave birth six days earlier, came with her baby daughter to a plenary vote, partly due to coalition-opposition struggles over offsets and votes. It was another incident that allowed the parties to confront each other.
Amsalem in an aggressive speech against the government (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
MK Dudi Amsalem's speeches from the Likud in the Knesset plenum are the most controversial, and provoked sharp criticism of "low points" the Knesset knew.
In the photo: Bennett in an outburst of rage against the opposition (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's sharp attack on the opposition is undoubtedly a moment that even the parliamentary reporters do not remember like him in the past.
Bennett tried to stand up to Netanyahu but the latter elegantly abandoned his place and left the prime minister to confront his party members, until the moment the ushers in the plenum put him back in his place.
Silman talks with the Speaker of the Knesset (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
For the first time in the Knesset, she was elected chair of the coalition - a woman. MK Idit Silman on the right was appointed to the most complicated position in the 24th Knesset, to lead a coalition with 8 parties, each with different worldviews.
The coalition has suffered quite a few losses over the past few months, and meanwhile Silman is trying to maneuver between the demands of all members.
Edelstein congratulates Levy (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
Election of a new Knesset Speaker. On the eve of the formation of the new government, MK Miki Levy was elected Speaker of the 24th Knesset. And refused to obey the High Court decision in his case - came to congratulate the new chairman.
Members of the Likud and the ultra-Orthodox factions in the Knesset Committee (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
Until recently, members of the Likud and the ultra-Orthodox factions boycotted the Knesset committees.
They rarely participated in the discussions and refused to vote, in a boycott that the Knesset did not know before.
They did so in protest of their claim of unequal distribution of committee members, and even appealed to the High Court, which rejected their petition. So far, no agreement has been reached between the coalition and the opposition in this dispute.
Herzog and Rivlin embrace (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Danny Shem Tov)
Long live, long live, long live: the inauguration of incoming President Yitzhak Herzog.
At the beginning of July, the 24th Knesset elected a new president for the State of Israel.
Herzog was elected by 87 MKs, the highest number he has ever received a presidential candidate, thus defeating the bride of the Israel Prize, Miriam Peretz, who ran against him. Herzog replaced his predecessor - Ruby Rivlin, who also previously served as Speaker of the Knesset.
Cabinet members around the ministerial table in the plenum (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
The new government is one of the largest and most inflated governments in the history of Israel.
Although some of its members promised to form a small government of up to 18 ministers, it now has 34 members, just like Netanyahu and Gantz's unity government.
David Bitan with Knesset members (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Noam Moskowitz)
Few are the most beautiful and humane moments in the Knesset of Israel, but one is that of MK David Bitan, who managed to capture the attention of Knesset members in the coalition. Recently banned by the Speaker of the Knesset.
Netanyahu and Edelstein in the plenum (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Noam Moskowitz)
The last year was the one in which Yuli Edelstein announced that he would run for the position of Likud chairman against Netanyahu in a statement that officially opened the succession battle within the Likud. Edelstein claimed that only he would be able to form a right-wing government One next to the other in the plenum, they had time to talk to each other but there were also quite a few tense moments.
Prime Minister Bennett sends air kiss to new mother MK Shirley Pinto (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
The isolation stand has become one of the "most sought after" places in the plenum in the past year.
Knesset members who are required for isolation but are still required to attend the voting sit in the podium, behind a glass and mark with their hands how they will want to vote - for or against.
Lapid and Gantz, who usually do not speak in public (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
Gantz and Lapid's relations are one of the things that most concern the current Knesset, and especially the question: Will Gantz, who became a secondary player in the current government after receiving offers from Netanyahu to serve as prime minister, allow Lapid to enter the prime minister's office when the rotation agreement takes place? Documented them rather giggling.
Bennett and Lapid laugh in the plenum (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moshkovitz)
One of Bennett's most prominent promises during the election was not to sit with Lapid or make him prime minister, a decision that was violated with the formation of the current government.
Since then, the two have become closest friends and the long hours in the plenum, they pass on in quiet conversations, stories and jokes with each other.
Netanyahu in one of his speeches against the government (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
After 12 years in power, Netanyahu one day became the leader of the opposition.
Since then, he has led, together with the leaders of the opposition factions, a belligerent battle that the Knesset has not known for many years against the government, and much to the speech of the plenum against Bennett and other members of the government.
Opposition MKs in confrontation with Knesset Speaker in one of the victories (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman Noam Moskowitz)
The Knesset plenum has known for the past year long filibusters that lasted long days.
This is how the opposition has repeatedly succeeded in defeating the coalition, in an unprecedented way.
In one event, the coalition even abandoned the plenum in favor of the opposition, which won by eight votes in a row.
Khatib-Yassin in the Plenum (Photo: Knesset Spokeswoman, Noam Moskowitz)
The 24th Knesset has the first Knesset member who is deaf and also a Knesset member who is the first religious Muslim in the history of the Knesset.
Iman Khatib-Yassin, a member of the Ra'am party, is also the first with a hijab inside the Mishkan.