Israelly Cool is live blogging the elections.
3.10PM: More unrest in Ramat Beit Shemesh, literaly down the road from where I live, as "Charedim" (ultra-Orthodox) tried to block the polling stations. From the reports I have seen, these people are part of an anti-Zionist sect who oppose the State of Israel, much like the Neturei Karta who were recently seen visiting the President of Iran.3.25PM: The low voter turnout has sparked Kadima to send out
SOSSMS messages.4.00PM: Speaking with work colleagues, the feeling is that Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party is going to fair very well. The consensus is that he may get as many as 15 seats. This positive outloook is reinforced by this report.If so, Kadima may well have to look to the Right bloc to form a coalition.4.05PM: There have been 130 election-related "incidents" so far.4.15PM: Now we know where all the voters are.4.20PM: Ynet (Hebrew) reports that the turnout is 39%.4.50PM: You can now add "dummy bomb" to the reported election-related incidents.5.00PM: 45 "right-wing" activists on a bus headed to the mostly Arab town of Nazareth have been detained. They claimed that they were election monitors headed for Nazareth polling stations; given that they did not have the requisite election monitor papers, no doubts hilarity would have ensued had they reached their destination.5.10PM: Pollster Rafi Smith says that he expects polling to pick up between 5PM and 8PM, the so-called "hotter" hours for voting.5.20PM: Kadima and Likud are trading barbs.Kadima: Likud are conspiring to hide Kadima slips at the polling stations.Likud: Kadima are a big bunch of liars.
UPDATE: Likud Chairman Binyamin Netanyahu:
"The path of the Likud is that of Menachem Begin: to seek peace from a position of strength, not of weakness. I know that many of you agree with our path: to fight terror firmly, not to collapse with further withdrawals, and not to pave, with our own hands, the road to the establishment of an Iranian-influenced Hamas state in the heart of the land. And I therefore believe that at the moment of truth, when you stand behind the curtain, you will not vote for the dangerous collapse of Olmert and Peres.
"I don't mind so much if you vote for Lieberman, Shas and the National Union - our natural partners, because they know that without the Likud, the nationalist camp is finished... "
UPDATE: UGH....... Kadima set for narrow victory in Israel election. It's their bed, they'll have to sleep in it (with one eye open). Me and the rest of the Diaspora Jews saw it differently.
Biggest loser? Netanyahu. Likud with maybe 14% of the vote. Hell, what do I know? It goes against every tenet of my thinking - but hey, they have to live there. G-d bless.