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“Understand the democratic miracle.”

Knesset (Parliament)
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

When visiting the Knesset, you get a first-hand understanding how amazing the Israeli democracy is. Nothing in the middle east functions like it. You will be exposed to history but also to everyday decision making.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Despite having been to Israel several times, I had never been inside the Knesset. This time I took the English tour. It is about an hour, and is great. You start with a brief film about the history of the Knesset, then you see the Chagall tapestries and mosaics, and end in the actual legislative chamber. You need to arrive about 15 minutes before the tour to go through security, and you need to check your bags (there is no fee for this). As long as you're in the area, make sure to see the Menorah across from the Knesset, and consider walking through the Wohl Rose Garden to the Supreme Court.

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Reviewed November 3, 2012

On my previous two visits to this blocky concrete structure I took the public tour which was interesting but limited, but on this visit my small group was honored with a private hour-long meeting with an elected member/leader of the Knesset who spoke to us quite honestly and candidly about the country's issues and the elections coming up in January of 2013. We were ushered through the VIP entrance and into a small conference room. While waiting a few minutes for him to arrive, I noticed the steel blast-proof door, the sliding steel blast-proof window cover, and the big chemical-proof air filtration system, all precautions against terrorist attacks of various sorts, all of which are unfortunately necessary in the dangerous Israeli political climate of today. On another level, the Chagall tapistries in the main hall are among his best and most expressive works. There are other modern works of art on display all over the building, rather fitting for the main governmental building of a young democracy. Peek into the large room where the legislative sessions are held. Things were rather quiet at the time of our visit since the Knesset was not in session and not many people were around. Try to understand the Israeli system of government, with its 25 different political parties (4 of which represent the large and growing Arab population) and how that political system differs with your country's. Although photos are forbidden, the guard allowed our group a few anyway. Just be sure to ask first to avoid having to show all your photos so that any of this building's interior can be deleted.

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Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was a short walk from our hotel and it was great to see. The Knesset was closed as the government had called for a parliamentary election. The security was present and they were even friendly, willing to discuss the life and problems they had.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Not a very interesting piece of architecture especially with everything around it in the city. Not very impressed, however, we only saw it from outside, I don't know if you can get in.

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