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The Knesset (parliament) is made up of 120 members elected every four years on the basis of proportional representation.
The Prime Minister is a member of the Knesset, although Ministers need not be.
High-tech exports fuelled Israel’s high economic growth in the 1990s, reaching a high of 7.4 per cent in 2000.
In recent years Israel’s economy has continued to grow steadily.
The President is the Head of State, a largely ceremonial role, and is elected by a secret Knesset vote for a single seven-year term.
The current Israeli Government is led by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Our assistance is helping to strengthen the economic and social foundations of a future Palestinian state which can provide jobs and services for its people.
Australia was the first country to vote in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution, which ultimately led to the creation of Israel as a nation state.
Netanyahu’s Likud party heads a coalition of parties (Kulanu, Jewish Home, Shas and Agudat Israel) after the March 2015 elections.
Australia has a warm and close relationship with Israel, which is supported strongly by Australia’s active Jewish community.
Australia concluded an Air Services Agreement and a Technological Innovation Cooperation Agreement in February 2017 during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s state visit to Australia, the first by a sitting Israeli Prime Minister.
A Working Holiday Agreement was concluded in June 2016.