Daily Israel Report

Israel Police to Deploy 20,000 Officers to Secure Polls

Israel Police plan to deploy more than 20,000 officers to secure the sites on Election Day following several disturbing incidents.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/21/2013, 2:53 PM

Likud supporter arrives in Jerusalem to vote
Likud supporter arrives in Jerusalem to vote
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Voters should have no problems voting on Tuesday when they head to the polls: Israel Police plan to deploy more than 20,000 officers to make sure there are no problems at the sites.

General police officers, Border Police and volunteer security personnel will be on hand to secure the 10,132 polling stations across the country, said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld on Monday.

Vandalism by those who appear intent on intimidating potential voters into staying home will be prevented, Rosenfeld said, with police “ensuring the public can exercise its right to vote without any problems whatsoever.”

Recent incidents in which political activists and volunteers have been attacked while handing out flyers, and other incidents made it clear there would be a need for such security, Rosenfeld added. 

“Recently there have been incidents of people burning books, and tearing down signs due to internal rivalries and other matters... this is something we’re keeping in mind as we prepare for tomorrow’s elections,” Rosenfeld said.

Polls are scheduled to open in most places at 7:00 a.m., and will close at 10:00 p.m. in larger cities and towns. In communities with 350 or fewer people, and in hospitals and prisons, the polls are expected to close at 8:00 p.m.

Every Israeli citizen is eligible to vote, including immigrants who arrived in Israel, were born no later than January 22, 1995 and received their citizenship by December 18, 2012. 

One must be present in Israel on Election Day to vote.