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The dog Jessie was only two months old, a particularly playful puppy, when Commander Yair Bashari, the commander of the Knesset's canine unit, met her - and fell in love at first sight.
Just before the Knesset's 74th birthday began today (Monday), Bashari received information about a special dog from the settlement of Jadeida Makr, who might be able to be a powerful force for his unit.
"In the first weeks of her life, she managed to expend energy in an amount that destroyed every good part of the house," he said.
Inspector Bashari collected the little puppy for a trial period at his home and discovered a dog with exceptional qualities.
"She has incredible abilities that are suitable for an outstanding working dog. She is developed, has a crazy following instinct. She gives two hundred percent of herself. As a house dog, she would surely suffer and even waste away. This is a dog as fast as the wind."
The dog Jessie together with Pekad Bashari (Photo: Knesset Spokesperson, Noam Moskovitz)
Beshari gave her the name Jessie and began to put her through a process of puppy education, in which she is exposed to population concentrations, vehicle traffic, and at the same time weaned her from the phenomena of biting and house destruction, typical of puppies.
Now she already knows how to thoroughly scan vehicles and detect explosives.
In a few months, Jessie is expected to finish the operational training procedure and join the four-guard unit at the Knesset.
Knesset officer Yuval Chen said: "Jessie the dog is an additional reinforcement for the canine unit in particular and the Knesset guard in general. The four guards are a significant part of Knesset security and are a practical expression of the phrase 'dogs guarding democracy'."
Jessie the dog (photo: Knesset spokeswoman, Noam Moshkowitz)
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74 years to the Knesset
Today the Knesset will celebrate its 74th birthday.
The event will be opened by Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana with a planting ceremony in the archaeological garden adjacent to the Mishken. During the day, starting in the morning, thousands of students, soldiers, policemen, senior citizens and youth movement trainees will arrive at the Mishken. The scenes" in the Mishkan - and watch the work of the dogs of the Knesset guard's canine unit.
In addition, most of the Knesset committees will turn into activity complexes for the guests, with the series of dialogue sessions "MKs talking about" and "Get to know the MK" at the center of the activities. During which, among other things, the chairman of the state camp Benny Gantz will conduct a discourse on excellence in the IDF, MK Ofer Kasif will talk about his love for rock, and MK Amit Halevi will talk to a group of bereaved parents about Zionism.
Visitors will also be invited to participate in parliamentary escape room games accompanied by clues from the worlds of Knesset concepts, the Knesset Olympics, speech contests, and even staged meetings of Knesset committees played by actors.
"You can be proud of the achievements of the Knesset", Amir Ohana (Photo: Government Press Office, Avi Ohion)
Ohana: On the Knesset's holiday, I undertake to strengthen its position in relation to the other authorities
In the afternoon there will be a festive minachah prayer in the tabernacle in the presence of Israel's chief rabbi David Lau.
After that, the Knesset will hold a plenary meeting in the presence of President Yitzhak Herzog and President of the Supreme Court Ester Hayut - in which Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Yair Lapid will speak.
"When you look back on the 74 years of the Knesset, you can be proud of the challenges The many she has succeeded in and the achievements she has brought to sovereignty, this is the people sitting in Zion," Knesset Speaker Ohana said.
"The legislative authority played a significant role at decision-making points in the country's history, befitting the bastion of democracy that it is and the place where decisions are made on the rules of the game. On the Knesset's holiday, I undertake to strengthen its position in relation to the other authorities."
The Knesset Guard