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Knesset May Televise Sessions

The Knesset took an important step this week toward the eventual televising of its committee sessions.

The House Committee, by a large majority, approved in principle the introduction of television cameras into committee sessions, apart from those of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, which handles sensitive material.

The House Committee, which makes recommendations about rules and procedures in the legislature, appointed a three-member subcommittee to draw up detailed proposals.

Only plenary sessions of the Knesset have been open to coverage so far by Israel’s three television channels. Israel Television and Israel Television in Arabic have limited live coverage to major foreign policy debates while Israel Educational Television has broadcast some regular sessions live.

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