Polls opened today in Israel at 7 am local time (midnight Monday EST) with Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing Likud fighting for power. The Likud is neck and neck with the center-left Blue and White party, who have been gradually gaining more and more support in the past months. According to the Israeli election committee, at 10 am local, the voting rate was the highest its been in 30 years, and all polls have been too close to call.
Here's some historical context: the last round of Israeli elections were held in April, just six months ago. However, Netanyahu and his party were unable to create a coalition - a majority formed by like-minded members of parliament from different parties - which left Netenyahu the most seats, but without a majority of votes to get anything done, so they were forced to hold new elections.
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