Israeli Elections Live Blog (Updated)
RealClearWorld will be providing live coverage tonight and all day tomorrow of Tuesday's Knesset elections in Israel.
Voting has already begun for Israeli military personnel dispatched on the front lines, and most polling stations will be opening Tuesday morning at 7:00 a.m. IST. The Jerusalem Post has a handy voter guide with basic polling information and election facts for all of you still undecided and uncertain Israeli voters.
Stay with us throughout today and tomorrow for all of the latest news on the day.
UPDATE (1:17 p.m. IST)
Election day has arrived in Israel. Most polls have now been open across the country for about six hours. There were reports of 'rioting' at one of the polling stations in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm. The incident sounds rather minor, but it had been expected. Due to Israel's proportional structure, governmental tasks and positions get divvied out in reflection to a party's standing in the governing coalition - this includes election monitoring.
Problems arose when Arieh Eldad - sent to replace right-wing leader Baruch Marzel, who had once recommended the targeted killing of a left-wing Israeli leader - entered the city on behalf of the Central Election Committee to monitor polls.
Shmuel Rosner is running a live blog on the election. I couldn't agree with him more, incidentally, on the hype surrounding Lieberman as "kingmaker." Rosner also has a good read up at Commentary's blog on strategic voting.
It was apparently cold and rainy this morning, which, as we know here in the states, can affect voter turnout.
Also, check out Lionel Laurent's piece from yesterday on the absence of economic discussion in this campaign.
- Kevin Sullivan
UPDATE (2:05 p.m. IST)
Does anyone else see a degree of irony in Hamas waiting on election results to determine whether or not a Gaza truce will be feasible?
Isn't Israel called the unreasonable actor when they pick and choose their preferred Palestinian leadership in such fashion?
UPDATE (2:20 p.m. IST)
So much for voter apathy?