“Vote, vote, vote, vote, vote,” Netanyahu said after casting his ballot in Jerusalem, his wife, Sara, at his side. He called the occasion a “festival of democracy.” “This the moment of truth for the State of Israel,” said his rival Yair Lapid as he voted in Tel Aviv.
The polls have closed in Israel in what is the fourth election in just two years. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hopes a world-beating vaccine rollout will help him politically, despite bribery and abuse of power charges that have earned him the title of ‘Crime Minister’ by those who want a change. Gavino Garay reports.
Israel is easing its Covid-related restrictions and allowing vaccinated citizens new freedoms. Using an app or a certificate showing vaccination status, citizens now have access to concerts, gyms and indoor dining. CNN’s Sam Kiley reports.