Jerusalem - Israeli Voters Turn Out En Masse Despite Forecast of Apathy
Jerusalem - As of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, some 23.5 percent of the 5.2 million people eligible to vote had cast their ballots at the 9,263 polling stations available nationwide, the Central Elections Committee said. The turnout was 3% higher than the figure registered at the same stage of the 2006 general election.
Political leaders cast their ballots on Tuesday morning and called upon those eligible to vote to brave the rainy weather and exercise their right.
Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman was the first of the leaders of the four major parties to vote, afterwards saying, “I wish to take advantage of this moment to call upon all of the residents of Israel, Jews and Christians, Druze and Muslim, to come and vote.”
Lieberman praised his own party as the only one that “has come to work” and was confident that “people would come and vote even in a hurricane.”
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