Israelis go to the polls in general election - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
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Israelis go to the polls in general election

Israelis go to the polls in general election - Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, center, the Jewish spiritual leader of Israel’s Shas party, blesses a man after casting his ballot at a polling station in Jerusalem during Tuesday’s election. The two front-runners in the race to rule Israel made last-minute appeals to voters as polls opened in a close general election whose outcome could determine the course of Mideast peace negotiations. (Kevin Frayer / Associated Press)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - supporters
Supporters of Tzipi Livni wait for the foreign minister and leader of the centrist Kadima party outside a polling station in Tel Aviv. Israel is voting in what is billed as a tight race between former premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Livni, with the far right expected to make major gains. (Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni receives flowers from a supporter at a polling station in Bat Yam, Israel. (Pavel Wolberg / European Pressphoto Agency)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the extreme right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) party, speaks with people in an election day trip to Ashdod in the south of the country. (Uri Lenz / European Pressphoto Agency)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - casts ballot
An Israeli man casts his ballot at a polling station in the Jewish settlement of Tekoa in the West Bank. (Dan Balilty / Associated Press)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - Ballots
Thirty-four parties were vying for seats in the Knesset, the Israeli governing body. Israelis were going to the polls to elect their 18th government since the Jewish state was founded in 1948. (David Silverman / Getty Images)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - polling station
Rainy weather was expected to keep the number of voters low at Israel’s polling places. (David Silverman / Getty Images)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - ultra orthodox man
An ultra-Orthodox man casts his vote at a polling station in the West Bank settlement of Beitar. (Nati Shohat / European Pressphoto Agency)
Israeli’s go to the polls in general election - flags
A flag-waving supporter works to build enthusiasm for Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at a polling site in Bat Yam. Right-wing opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu was seen as leading in the polls, but Livni closed the gap, creating a tight race. (Pavel Wolberg / European Pressphoto Agency)
Israelis go to the polls in general election - Green Movement
An Israeli woman shows her support for the Israel Green Movement in Jerusalem. (Kobi Gideon / European Pressphoto Agency)
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