Israel to Deploy More Than 20,000 Police Officers on Election Day

The police plan emphasizes protection from both criminal acts and potential terror acts.

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More than 20,000 police officers and thousands more volunteers and private security guards will be on duty on Election Day next Tuesday, Israel Police's head of operations, Maj. Gen. Nissim Mor, said on Thursday.

The police plan emphasizes protection from both criminal acts and potential terror acts. The police have requested permission to close Palestinian borders on January 22 and prevent the entry into Israel of all Palestinians. No final decision has been made yet, but the police expect the closure to be approved.

Police officers will be present at polling stations throughout the day next Tuesday, until the voting process ends. There are some 10,000 polling stations in 3,900 locations spread throughout the country. The police will pay special attention to polling places with a history of problematic events. Most of these are located in Arab or ultra-Orthodox areas.

So far, the police have received some 40 complaints related to the election. Some of the cases have already been closed and the rest are still under investigation. Most of the complaints relate to threats or harassment on the Internet against candidates.

Illustration: Israel police on duty.Credit: Eyal Toueg

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