The Knesset on Tuesday held an “open house” for Israelis, celebrating the parliament’s 67th anniversary and 50 years in its current location in Jerusalem.
The open house included more than 100 events with participation from members of the house, including music, sports, karate, environmental activities and storytelling.
A special ceremonial session was called for 4 p.m. on Tuesday to mark the occasion, with speeches from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog.
At Edelstein’s request, all speeches were being devoted to the Knesset’s dignity, position and public image.
“This event will highlight the Knesset’s central position in Israeli public life since the establishment of the state and the way in which the Knesset’s home in [Jerusalem’s] Givat Ram was present in every event in the state’s history since its establishment 50 years ago,” Edelstein said, in a statement carried by the Knesset website.
On Tuesday a new garden was inaugurated in the Knesset’s Weil Plaza.
“We have a great privilege this year in marking 50 years to the building of the Knesset in a series of events and educational projects, as in improving the appearance of the Knesset and the plaza in an inspiring, creative way,” Knesset director-general Ronen Plot said.
The Knesset convened in various temporary buildings from the establishment of the state until 1966, when it moved to the building designed by architect Ossip (Yosef) Klarwein.