The people of Israel have begun voting in their country’s second general election in five months.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition with a viable majority, following April’s vote.
The final opinion polls put his right-wing Likud party neck and neck with its main challenger, the centrist Blue and White party led by former military chief Benny Gantz.
Smaller parties are expected to have a big say in the final outcome.
Negotiations on the formation of a new coalition will commence as soon as voting ends at 19:00 GMT and exit polls are published.
In April’s elections, the centre-right Likud party and Blue and White garnered thirty-five seats each in the 120-member Knesset.
Mr. Netanyahu, who has been in power for most of the last ten years, declared victory, and was on the verge of securing a majority with the backing of smaller right-wing and religious parties, when the exercise collapsed into recriminations.