Polling stations open and voting begins in Israel

In a first, Israel opened on Tuesday (March 23) polling stations at Ben Gurion airport for returning Israelis who must go into quarantine after landing due to coronavirus restrictions, a statement said.

It added that 2,600 passengers were expected to arrive at Israel throughout the day, and that the airport polling stations were aimed at providing a quick voting solution for those who must quarantine.

In a Jerusalem Ultra Orthodox neighborhood, voters came early to cast their ballots as well as one of the leaders of Israel's prominent religious parties and Israel's internal affair minister, 'Shas' chairman Aryeh Deri.

Opinion polls show the race too close to call.