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April 8, 2019

EDITORS:

Israel is holding national elections on Tuesday, April 9, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a fourth consecutive term. Netanyahu’s Likud party is locked in a tight race with challenger Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party.

The Associated Press is offering comprehensive coverage, including live video and several glances. On election day, AP will file a NewsAlert when voting begins at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), and provide updates throughout the day with candidates voting and turnout figures. AP will file another NewsAlert when polls close at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) with preliminary exit poll results, followed by updates as official results come in. There will be video and photo coverage of candidates voting, and live coverage from the major parties’ headquarters when the polls close.

Here’s a look at AP’s other coverage.

TEXT:

ISRAEL-ELECTION _ Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger make their final appeals to voters on the eve of parliamentary elections that will determine whether the longtime Israeli leader stays in power. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,100 words, photos, video.

With:

ISRAEL-ELECTIONS-ARAB RAPPER. Popular Arab entertainer urges Israel’s Arab citizens to resist boycott calls and vote in Tuesday’s election. By Isabel DeBre. SENT. 314 words.

PREVIOUSLY MOVED:

ISRAEL-ELECTION-DOMINANT NETANYAHU _ After a rough three-month campaign characterized by mudslinging and scandals, Tuesday’s vote boils down to a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, the man who has dominated Israeli politics for the better part of three decades By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.

ISRAELI ELECTION-AMERICAN JEWS _ Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s national election, yet he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of Tuesday’s balloting. By David Crary. SENT: 961 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION-TRUMP _ President Donald Trump has all but endorsed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and handed him a series of gifts that play well in Israel, most recently U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights. It could pay big dividends for the Israeli leader on Tuesday. By Ilan Ben Zion. SENT: 890 WORDS, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION-SECURITY _ A consensus has emerged among leading cyber experts that Israel is highly vulnerable both to foreign hacks and social media influence campaigns commandeered from home. By Isabel DeBre. SENT: 1,006 words, photos, video.

With:

ISRAEL-ELECTION BOTS _ Researchers claim they have discovered a network of social bots disseminating thousands of Twitter posts in support of Netanyahu’s Likud Party. They say there is no direct link between Likud and the network, though the prime minister’s son, Yair, who has a history of controversial social media activity, frequently liked the posts. SENT: 680 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-ELECTION-WHAT’S AT STAKE _ In a campaign that has focused on scandal and personalities, there has been little discussion about peace with the Palestinians. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,103 words, photos.

GAZA-HAMAS’ FUTURE _ As Israel heads to elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has an unlikely overlap of interests with Gaza’s Hamas militant group. Despite their deep enmity, the two sides have been meeting with Egyptian mediators and working to keep things quiet. By Karin Laub and Fares Akram. SENT: 1,082 words, photos.

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ISRAEL-NETANYAHU’S WEAK SPOT _ Gaza’s Hamas rulers have emerged as a major vulnerability for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his race for re-election. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,125 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-ELECTIONS ARABS _ Netanyahu has drawn accusations of incitement for a campaign that portrays a leading Arab lawmaker as a threat to national security. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,026 words, photos, video.

ISRAEL-ELECTION UNDERDOG _ A small party led by a hardline ultranationalist is the surprise story of the election and is poised for a strong showing thanks to its call for legalization of marijuana. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,001 words, photos.

ISRAEL-ELECTION ENTERTAINERS _ Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot has come to the rescue of a fellow Israeli actress and model in a feud with Netanyahu. By Aron Heller. SENT: 828 words, photos.

ISRAEL-BETTING ON TRUMP _ Netanyahu has been drawing clear inspiration from President Donald Trump, lashing out at the media and critics in a high-pitched campaign against his opponents. By Aron Heller. SENT: 1,019 words, photos.

ISRAEL-CHALLENGING NETANYAHU _ Gantz has emerged as the great hope of the country’s shrinking “peace camp” with a message that is anything but dovish. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,044 words, photos.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU _ Despite a likely indictment on corruption charges, Netanyahu is still the front-runner. By Josef Federman. SENT: 1,061 words, photos.

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VIDEO:

PREVIOUSLY MOVED:

MIDEAST ELECTION NETANYAHU PREVIEW. Israeli elections are test of Netanyahu’s leadership. SENT.

ISRAEL-GANTZ. Netanyahu challenger urges people to vote in final appeal. SENT.

MIDEAST ELECTION PREVIEW. A lookahead at Israel’s election. SENT.

MIDEAST ELECTION JERUSALEM PREVIEW _ Palestinian residents in Jerusalem’s Old City discuss election. SENT.

GAZA ISRAEL ELECTION _ Gazans indifferent about Israeli election. SENT.

ON ELECTION DAY:

ISR POLLS OPEN _ Polls open.

7 a.m. (0400GMT); LIVE of polling station in Jerusalem.

ISR GANTZ _ Main challenger to Netanyahu, former military chief Benny Gantz, casts his ballot.

8 a.m. (0500 GMT) LiveU coverage.

ISR NETANYAHU _ PM Netanyahu casts his ballot in Jerusalem.

10 a.m. (0700 GMT), Jerusalem, LIVEU coverage.

ISR VOTING _ Voting gets underway in Israel

By 8:30 a.m. (0530 GMT)

Voter reactions

ISR ARAB VOTERS _ Arab voters take to polls.

1 p.m. (1000 GMT) Reactions from Arab voters in Nazareth.

ISR POLLS CLOSE – Polls close in Israel.

10 p.m. (1900 GMT)

Live of polling station.

ISR RESULTS REAX _ Main contenders hold speeches.

11 p.m. (2000 GMT) (approximately)

Live from Likud, Blue and White headquarters.

ISR VOTERS REAX _ Winners celebrate victory in Israel’s general election.

5 a.m. (0200 GMT) Vox pops of winning and losing camps.

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As part of pre-election coverage, Jerusalem has moved the following glances:

AP EXPLAINS-ISRAEL ELECTION _ A look at Israel’s Knesset and the process of building a coalition. SENT.

ISRAEL-NETANYAHU SCANDALS GLANCE _ A look at the legal charges that Netanyahu could be facing soon after the election. SENT.

ISRAEL-ELECTION CONTENDERS _ Profiles of Netanyahu and Gantz. SENT.

ISRAEL-ELECTION PARTIES _ A look at major parties and electoral “blocs” of coalition partners. SENT.