All Power to the Women!

The year 2015 saw a new record set: Never before had so many women been elected to Israel’s Knesset.

By Israel Heute Redaktion |
Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked seen at the ceremony for opening a new year of justice Association in Tel Aviv, on August 30, 2016. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90 Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

In the meantime even more have joined those 28 women who reached the peak of political power.

Yulia Malinovsky recently took the place of Avigdor Liebermann in the plenum after he was appointed as Defense Minister, and in other parties several Knesset seats were adjusted so that there are now 33 women in total in the Israeli parliament. Over one quarter of the 120 seats, spanning the entire political spectrum, are now in the hands of women.

Among the most well-known are the anti-Zionist Haneen Zoabi from the United Arab List, the very left-wing Zehava Galon from the Meretz Party and the right-wing religious Tzipi Hotovely from Likud.

Admittedly, only four of the 21 Israeli government ministers are women: Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Culture and Sport’s Minister Miri Regev, Minister for Social Equality Gila Gamliel and Minister for Immigration Sofa Landver.

In spite of their ideological differences, these female politicians sometimes meet up to discuss specific matters relating to women.

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