Once a list is elected to the Knesset, it becomes a Parliamentary Group (also called "faction"), even if the distinct parties in it continue to function individually on the outside. At the opening of the first session of every Knesset the number of Groups corresponds to the number of lists that participated in the elections and were elected (see the electoral system). In the course of the Knesset's term, Groups are liable to split or merge. Most of the work of the Knesset is conducted on a Group basis. At any given time there are 120 Knesset Members, but as a result of the resignation or death of a Member of Knesset, the number of Knesset Members who serve in each Knesset is usually greater than 120. The law and regulations define the rights and duties of Knesset members.
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A listing of all Parliamentary Groups by name may be found here.