See new post Israeli Election Results (LIVE)
It’s election day in Israel.
We’ll be updating this post until the polls close at 4 p.m. with tweets, videos, and updates from Israel. At that point, we will have a new Results post.
There also is a custom Twitter feed at the bottom of the post.
You can watch live news updates from Israel here, via i24 News.
Fox 45 has a really interesting breakdown of Israel’s elections, and the state of the Likud party, and you can watch it here:
Keep an eye on this Twitter timeline for updates from those in the know.
Israel is currently seeing the highest voter turnout since 1999. By 10 a.m. local time, the count was already up over 2% from the last election. (Update to the update—by 2 pm, turnout had dipped to just below last election’s levels at 37%.)
Polls close at 10 p.m. (4 p.m. E.D.T.), and at that time the government will release initial exit polls. The count, however, will continue through the night.
I wonder who Benjamin Netanyahu voted for…
VIDEO: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu votes in Israeli election http://t.co/pOFfcz8EWs
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 17, 2015
PM Netanyahu was slated to make a statement at 5:45 local time, but a judge banned the broadcast:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was expected to make a public statement around 5:45 p.m. (11:45 a.m. E.D.T.) But Salim Joubran, a judge on the Supreme Court of Israel and the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, forbade any live broadcast of the statement on television or radio, according to a Twitter post by Ben Caspit, a leading Israeli political commentator.
It was not clear what the prime minister intended to say in the statement. Campaign laws in Israel generally ban open campaigning on Election Day, and the judge presumably acted on that basis.
השופט ג'ובראן אסר על שידור דבריו של ראש הממשלה בטלויזיה וברדיו.
— Ben Caspit (@BenCaspit) March 17, 2015
WaPo has an interesting take on an alternative route to power for Netanyahu:
Here's a good WaPo primer on how a v narrow Labor "win" probably means another Netanyahu term http://t.co/cUGoXNbA8i
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) March 17, 2015
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