For first time, Knesset member gives birth


JERUSALEM (JTA) — A sitting Israeli Knesset member gave birth to a baby boy.

Yisrael Beiteinu lawmaker Anastassia Michaeli gave birth to her eighth child Sunday, becoming the first member of Knesset to have a baby while in office.

Knesset members are not entitled to maternity leave, according to a recent opinion by the parliament’s legal counsel.

Michaeli told Ha’aretz in an interview two months ago that she would work as usual, perhaps from home, and bring him to plenum meetings.

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