High Turnout in Israel: Long Lines as Voters Pack the Polls

Israeli voters waited in lines more than an hour long in some places amid unusually high turnout Tuesday to cast their ballots, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing party locked in a tight race against centrist rivals led by Isaac Herzog. More than a quarter of eligible voters had voted by midday local time, in a vote being seen as a referendum of sorts for the country's hawkish premier, whose hard-line approach to security has left him at odds recently with Washington — and who vowed Monday in an 11th-hour campaign pledge that there would be no Palestinian state if he's reelected. "Sometimes like in major companies you need to change the CEO, and this is what we in Israel need, to change the current government," one voter in Tel Aviv said.

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