Daily Israel Report

Heads of Parties Cast Votes, Pray

President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu and Rabbi Ovadia Yosef were among the early voters.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/22/2013, 10:13 AM

MK Ben-Ari votes
MK Ben-Ari votes
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was among the first people to vote at the polling station in the Rehavia neighborhood of Jerusalem Tuesday. Accompanied by his wife, Sarah, and his sons, he cast his ballot as the cameras clicked.

Right after voting, Netanyahu went with his sons to the Kotel, where he placed a note that read: "With G-d's help, for the future of Israel."

"I always go to the Kotel, in order to touch the rock of our existence, and I pray for the future of Israel and the future of our nation."

President Shimon Peres voted at 8:30 am at a high school near the President's Residence. After voting, he called on Israeli citizens to vote for "a free, democratic, beautiful country,"

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef voted at 9:00 at the Noam Banot school in Kiryat Moshe, Jerusalem.

Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett voted at the polling station at the Hall for Music and the Arts at Raanana. His wife, Gilat, accompanied him.

MK Michael Ben Ari, who heads Otzma Leyisrael, voted with his young son in his arms, and said: "Whatever we invest today, we will get in the next four years." Every ballot cast for his party, he said cynically, is "a gift" for MKs Zoabi and Tibi.

Aryeh Deri of Shas voted at a school in Jerusalem, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman voted at his community, Nokdim.



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