by: Rebecca J. Brimmer, Bridges for Peace
The newly formed 23rd Knesset (Parliament) of Israel is well diversified, including representation from various religions like Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze. Immigrants are also well represented, and 24% of the Knesset members are female. Ages range from 36 to 71, with the average age being 54.
The government coalition has 73 members from 7 parties: Likud, Blue and White, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Derech Eretz, Gesher and Labor. The cabinet has 34 ministers, including 8 women. Previously, the highest number of women in the Knesset was four. About half of the ministers will be first-timers.
We encourage all our readers to pray for wisdom for Israel’s two leaders: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister Benjamin Gantz.
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