Israel Political Brief February 5, 2013: President Shimon Peres puts faith in 19th Knesset as MKs sworn in

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF

ISRAEL POLITICAL BRIEF: ISRAEL NEWS

As MKs sworn in, Peres puts faith in 19th Knesset

President says Knesset has “renewed legitimacy”; Netanyahu: “MKs serve the state and the public, not the other way round.”

Heads of party lists for 19th Knesset February 5, 2013

Heads of party lists for 19th Knesset February 5, 2013 Photo: Knesset spokesperson

President Shimon Peres welcomed 120 new and returning members of the 19th Knesset on Tuesday at a special swearing in ceremony. Many old faces returned to parliament, but a record 48 new lawmakers also took their seats for the first time.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Peres stated that “on its 64th birthday the Knesset has renewed confidence and renewed legitimacy.”

“The eyes of the public are fixed on you, the MK’s,” Peres said to the 120 MKs assembled for the swearing in.

The president mentioned that there was a record 48 new MKs in the 19th Knesset, and “an increasing number of female Knesset members, 27.”…READ MORE

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