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Israel goes to the polls via the internet
Its election time in Israel which, despite the weighty issues at stake, is always something of a let-down for people who like a bit of U.S. style political pageantry.
There are few, if any, stump speeches, rallies, debates. There is, however, blanket campaigning in the traditional media and of course on the internet as well. Here are a few campaign ads from the internet kicking off with Ehud Barak and his Labour Party.
Like all the major candidates Barak has his own website from where you can link to dedicated pages on YouTube, Facebook, Flickr et al.
Tzipi Livni’s Kadima Party are no new-media slouches either and have used every trick in the video editing manual to depict opponent Benjamin Netanyahu as a man prone to panic.
Right-wing party Yisrael Beytenu has seen its standings improve in recent polls and goes with a fairly straight-forward approach on one of its big election themes, demanding something be done about Israeli Arab lawmakers whose loyalty to a Jewish State of Israel is open to question.
Last and by no means least are the campaign ads from front-runner Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu’s Likud Party which all endon a picture of Kadima leader Tzipi Livni with her head buried in her hands. This ad uses a basic visual ploy — non-Likud politicians hiding behind a ‘Bibi’ mask when they espouse his popular policies, although eventually all get unmasked as not being the real deal.
Follow all the Israeli election news on reuters.com. If our extensive coverage is not enough to sate your appetite, Israel’s Haaretz news site has even more coverage on a special elections page as does the website of Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.