Dozens of journalists from all over the world visited the Knesset on Monday ahead of the general elections in Israel, scheduled for March 17.

During the visit, which was organized by the Government Press Office, the reporters were given a tour of the parliament building and were briefed on the upcoming elections by Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, Knesset Spokesman Yotam Yakir and members of the Central Elections Committee.

Edelstein told the reporters that, in his estimation, parties that have recently merged in order to pass the new electoral threshold will split up following the elections, so that there will not be a significant change in the number of factions in the 20th Knesset. The Speaker further said that the new Knesset will be sworn in on March 31, two weeks after the elections.

Edelstein said that at the opening of the new Knesset, most likely before a coalition is formed, only two committees will be operational – the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Finance Committee. Most of the parliamentary work will commence once a new government is formed, he noted.

The journalists, who hailed from the US, Europe, Asia and other places, said the elections in Israel were generating a lot of interest in their home countries.