Israel will hold its postponed General Election on Monday (31 December), and officials have spent much of this week preparing for the event.
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Background: Israel will hold its postponed General Election on Monday (31 December), and officials have spent much of this week preparing for the event.
Elections to the Eighth Knesset -- Israel's Parliament -- were originally set by law for Tuesday, 30 October, but were postponed after war broke out in the Middle East on 6 October.
The Knesset is made up of 120 members, and every Israeli citizen aged 18 or older is eligible to vote. The number of eligible voters is approximately 2,020,000, plus another 17,000 new voters who will have reached the age of 18 by election day.
The election campaign, at first interrupted by the Middle East war and subsequently dominated by its outcome, is being fought largely between the ruling Labour Party of Mrs. Meir and the Gahal-Likud Party of the right. Public opinion polls, though giving varying results, all suggest that the Government could lose -- a result that could bring with it a change in policy on the crucial question of peace negotiations in Geneva.
The Likud has been attacking the Labour Government's failure to prevent the war and challenging its approach to the Geneva conference, suggesting it has become "rusty" in office and calling for "a government of national unity".