President Shimon Peres casts his ballot in Jerusalem.
President Shimon Peres casts his ballot in Jerusalem. Photo by Reuters
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Israelis across the country will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect the 19th Knesset. More than 5.65 million Israelis are eligible to vote. The approximately 10,000 polling stations located in towns, hospitals and prisons around the country will stay open until 10 P.M. in most locales, but will close at 8 P.M. in small towns and hospitals.

Top Jewish organizational leaders met with Chuck Hagel, President Obama's defense secretary nominee, and Vice President Joe Biden.

Palestinians evinced weary indifference on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election set to produce a hardline government keener to expand Jewish settlements on occupied land than seek peace.

This morning when Haaretz's Barak Ravid arrived at the Likud campaign headquarters he bumped into Tzachi Hanegbi, who was just making his way back to the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion in order to vote. The former minister, who up until a few months ago was in Kadima, is now heading the Likud Election Day campaign headquarters.

With the opening of the winter session of Knesset at the beginning of November 2011, Knesset members had a golden opportunity to harness the momentum of the recent social-justice protests and translate it into parliamentary action. That movement, which had drawn hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets, led to debates and the formation of Knesset committees, and especially to proposed bills that aspired for a more just, less polarized society.

The UN nuclear watchdog and Iran will hold talks over Tehran's disputed nuclear program on Feb. 13, a day later than planned, the Vienna-based UN agency said on Tuesday.

The Washington Post devoted its editorial page to "one of the more remarkable aspects of Israel's current election campaign," on Tuesday, and calls on Obama and Netanyahu to 'reset their relationship' as they begin new terms.

Some like Likud-Beiteinu for the stability, some want change, and some are dismayed by the discrepancy between words and deeds.