Rss - State10/23/2014 6:38:15 PM60en-USSTATE: Symbolshttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/State-Symbols.aspxThe official emblem of the State of Israel is a candelabrum (menorah), whose shape is said to be derived from the seven-branched moriah, a plant known since antiquity.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:45:32 GMTSTATE: Political Structurehttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Political-Structure.aspxIsrael is a parliamentary democracy consisting of legislative, executive and judicial branches. Its institutions are the presidency, the Knesset (parliament), the government (cabinet of ministers) and the judiciary. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:45:25 GMTSTATE: The Presidencyhttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Presidency.aspxThe president is the head of state, with the presidency symbolizing the nation's unity, above and beyond party politics.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:45:16 GMTSTATE: Legislaturehttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Legislature.aspxThe Knesset (Israel's unicameral parliament) is the country's legislative body.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:45:04 GMTSTATE: Executivehttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Executive.aspxThe executive authority of the state is the government (cabinet of ministers), charged with administering internal and foreign affairs, including security matters.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:44:53 GMTSTATE: Electionshttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Elections.aspxElections are general, national, direct, equal, secret, and proportional. The entire country constitutes a single electoral constituency, and all citizens are eligible to vote from age 18.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:44:40 GMTSTATE: Judiciaryhttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Judiciary.aspxThe independence of the judiciary is guaranteed by law. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:44:29 GMTSTATE: The Law of the Landhttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Law.aspxThe prevailing characteristic of the Israeli legal system is the large corpus of independent statutory and case law which has been evolving since 1948.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:44:19 GMTSTATE: Law Enforcementhttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Law-Enforcement.aspxIn common with police forces around the world, the task of Israel's police is to maintain the quality of life by fighting crime.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:44:09 GMTSTATE: Local Governmenthttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-Local-Government.aspxServices provided by local government include education, culture, health, social welfare, road maintenance, public parks, water, and sanitation. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:43:58 GMTSTATE: Israel Defense Forceshttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/STATE-IDF.aspxThe security objectives of the IDF, founded in 1948, are to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Israel, deter all enemies, and curb all forms of terrorism that threaten daily life.‚ÄčWed, 29 Feb 2012 04:43:34 GMTIsraeli democracy & electionshttp://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/Israeli-democracy.aspxIsrael is a parliamentary democracy, consisting of legislative, executive and judicial branches.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:43:21 GMTHuman Rights Day 2011http://www.israelemb.org/hong-kong/AboutIsrael/State/Pages/Human-Rights-Day-2011.aspxOn December 10, 2011 the world and the web will mark International Human Rights Day. A special Israeli Twitter account and Facebook page have been opened.Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:43:05 GMT