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Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949) Options
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Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949)

In May 1948, following a failed attempt by the UN to divide Palestine, which had been under British mandate, the new nation of Israel proclaimed its independence. The first legislative assembly, or Knesset, convened in February 1949. It succeeded the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community's parliament during the Mandate era. Although the 120 legislators of the Knesset are elected every four years, the average lifespan of a Knesset is about two years. Why? More...
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Israeli Knesset Convenes for the First Time (1949)
In May 1948, following a failed attempt by the UN to divide Palestine, which had been under British mandate, the new nation of Israel proclaimed its independence. The first legislative assembly, or Knesset, convened in February 1949. It succeeded the Assembly of Representatives that had functioned as the Jewish community's parliament during the Mandate era. Although the 120 legislators of the Knesset are elected every four years, the average lifespan of a Knesset is about two years.
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Selected Events:

14.2.1949 The first sitting of the Constituent Assembly was held. Joseph Shprinzak was elected as Speaker of the Assembly.
16.2.1949 The Constituent Assembly ratified the Transition Law, which changed its name to the First Knesset, and elected Chaim Weizmann as the first President of the State.
17.2.1949 Inauguration ceremony of Chaim Weizmann as President of the State of Israel.
8.3.1949 David Ben Gurion formed the First Government.
4.4.1949 The Prime Minister reported on the Ceasefire Agreements signed with Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
26.4.1949 The Prime Minister issued a statement to the Knesset about immigrant absorption and introduced the austerity program (the rationing of basic ingredients). Dov Yosef was appointed Minister of Rationing and Supply.
11.5.1949 Israel was accepted into the United Nations.
16.8.1949 A special plenum sitting was held marking the relocation of the remains of Benjamin Zeev Herzl to Israel.
5.12.1949 The Prime Minister made an announcement regarding the United Nation's debate on Jerusalem, and said it is the eternal capital and core of the State of Israel.
26.12.1949 Knesset sittings moved to the Jewish Agency building in Jerusalem


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