Israelis Enjoy Plenty of Election Choices Voting Under Sunny Skies in Holy Land

'King Bibi' Vies With Pro-Pot and Ultra-Orthodox Parties

Walk in the Park: Israelis had a plethora of choices as 32 parties ran in national elections. After voting, many enjoyed the winter sunshine on a national holiday.
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Walk in the Park: Israelis had a plethora of choices as 32 parties ran in national elections. After voting, many enjoyed the winter sunshine on a national holiday.

By Reuters

Published January 22, 2013.
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Simca Heled said he was “fed up with the distribution of gifts to people who don’t contribute what others in this country do”. Netanyahu, he said, “will still be prime minister but he will be limited”.

Tal Noosel, a computer instructor, 38, voted for Eretz Hadasha, a new party that promises to fight corruption and the power of Israeli business tycoons.

“All the other parties are known and they haven’t changed anything in this country. We need new faces, not the ones we’ve already seen. It’s time to give new people a chance,” he said.

Rina Chaver, 89, said it was experience that counted, and that’s why she had voted for Likud. “Netanyahu knows everything to do with security. First things first. He knows his priorities,” she said in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu cast his ballot in a Jerusalem school - election day is a public holiday in Israel - and then went with his two sons to the city’s Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites.

“I come to the Wall every time to touch what I have said many times is the rock of our existence and I pray today for the future of Israel, with God’s help, for the future of our people,” Netanyahu said as news cameras clicked.

The message, delivered while polling stations were still open, should play well with Netanyahu’s constituents and prospective religious allies in a governing coalition.

In accordance with Israeli political tradition, he’ll be back at the holy place, revered by Jews as a perimeter wall of the Biblical Temple of Jerusalem, to offer more prayers should he form the next government.


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