Knesset Invites World’s MKs


The Knesset has invited parliamentarians from around the world for a conference in Yerushalayim, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.

MK Meir Sheetrit (Movement) delivered a letter of invitation from Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Abdelwahed Radi during the organization’s conference in Geneva last week.

Edelstein explained in the missive that the purpose of the gathering would be to serve as a confidence-building measure “in order to overcome hardships and hurdles along the road to reconciliation.”

Sheetrit said Israel would provide visas for all 163 IPU member countries’ MPs who wish to participate, including those that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel.

Even Iran could send a delegate.

A conference scheduled for 2014 in Uzbekistan was canceled recently because the country refused to give visas to Armenian representatives, Sheetrit said.

Edelstein suggested that the topic of the IPU conference in Yerushalayim be “How Parliaments Can Contribute to the Solution of World Water Problems.”

The Knesset awaits the IPU’s reply.