Two hours before polling places were set to close, Likud chair Binyamin Netanyahu made a last-minute plea for the Israeli public to cast votes.
Speaking to Channel 2 on Tuesday night, he said people should vote "for the change we want to bring aboutâ€¦ to both security and the economy."
Netanyahu called his two main opponents, Kadima chair and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Labor leader and Defense Minister Ehud Barak, "important representatives of important parties," but added "the nation wants a change."
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