The campaigning may be over ahead of Tuesday’s general election. But, as Israel’s political parties prepare themselves for the vote, one leader has put in a high-profile appearance. Amid tight security, Benjamin Netanyahu went to the Western Wall (the so-called Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem. A headline-grabbing “media opportunity” his visit may have been, but whether it will pick up votes remains to be seen.
Labour is a likely coalition partner for the centrist party widely tipped to come out on top – acting Premier Ehud Olmert’s Kadima. Pre-election surveys indicate it will take 35 or so seats in the 120-seat Knesset, meaning it will have to look for partners in government. Despite a slip in its lead, according to the most recent opinion polls, Kadima appears to be well on course for victory.