Israel goes to the polls on Tuesday in an election that is being marked by apathy and confusion. Previous election campaigns have been occasions for emotion and enthusiasm. However, analysts are expecting the lowest voter turnout in Israel’s turbulant history.
The latest figures suggest Kadima, led by Tzipi Livni, are trailing Likud. “ I intend to continue the peace process, I intend to do it responsibly that first and foremost represents the interests of the state of Israel,” she said. Ehud Barak’s Labour Party are in trouble following the 22 day assault on Gaza as the ultra nationalist Yisrael Beitenu look set to replace them as the third biggest party in the Knesset. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Likud leader and the man expected to head the new government, has said he will offer a top ministry post to Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman. Netanyahu is confident of victory: “ We need a strong and stable government and a strong and stable government means only one thing, and I believe Israel wants a big Likud win.” Meanwhile Gaza still dominates as the Israeli navy intercepted a freighter as it tried to run the blockade of the strip. The vessal flying the flag of Togo was towed into port. Israeli authorities claim that most of the 20 passengers onbord are from media organisations.