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The World's Great Democracies: America and Israel

PM Netanyahu at Congress, March 2015 (Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/ASHERNET)

Are you tired of seeing the same American election headlines and news? Take a break from it all and learn about another great democracy - Israel! Here are 8 things you should know about Israel's democratic system:

1. The Knesset, Israel's Parliament, has 120 members (as opposed to the 435 Representatives and 100 Senators in the U.S. Congress)

2. The Knesset also has only one chamber (unicameral), as opposed to America's bicameral Congress)

3. Israelis vote for a party during their elections, unlike Americans who vote for a specific candidate

4. Israel has a parliamentary system, unlike America's presidential system

5. Unlike the American president, the Israeli president holds very little power. Most executive power in Israel lies with the prime minister, who leads a coalition of parties to make policy.

6. Israel has no constitution, while America does. Instead, the Jewish state has the 11 Basic Laws, which serve as a set of principles upon which the nation is founded.

7. If a majority of the Knesset requests it, it can dissolve itself and call for new elections. The next general election in Israel will be held on November 5, 2019, if the current parliament isn't dissolved before then.

8. The Knesset has no filibuster...whatever the majority says, goes!

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