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Your voting experiences in Israel

Early results in Israel's general election show Tzipi Livni's Kadima party has won the most seats.

BBC News website readers in Israel have been sending in their comments on how they voted, and their reaction to the results.

It's pretty depressing that Livni's victory seems destined to transform into failure to form a government because of the relative weakness of the centre-left bloc. Sad also that such a rare victory by a woman politician who has been patronised and sniped at for her gender and lack of macho/militaristic character coud potentially be pushed aside.
Estie, Tel Aviv, Israel

I voted. I'm disappointed that the result was not more decisive. Now we will have yet another weak coalition. It's time Israel got rid of proportional representation and created a 2,3 or 4 party system. 34 parties is way too many.
Jo Levitt, Rehovot, Israel

Don't divide Jerusalem, don't give away the Golan Heights, don't give in to Hamas. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem Psalm 122:6
Neil V. O'Connell, Jerusalem, Israel

I didn't vote but volunteered outside a polling station for the "Green Movement Party". The platform is education and environment. I saw a large turnout despite the rainy weather and people seemed very upbeat and excited to be participating in the democratic process.
Adam Ben Gan, Ein Ayallah Israel

I voted Hadash - the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality. Among the ocean of hatred and racism that formed the focus of most of the parties' messages this year, Hadash stood out with its clear and hopeful message of peace, equality, and partnership between Arabs and Jews.
Shaul, Jerusalem

I work in a café in Tel Aviv, and all day the customers were arguing about whom to vote for, but no-one really seemed to know. I don't think many Israelis think there is much of a choice.
Josh, Tel Aviv, Israel

I voted for Meretz party which is pro-peace! The most important issue in Israel nowadays is to end the Israeli occupation and give the Palestinians their own state.
Lilach Ron, Raanana

I voted early to avoid the rain. In spite of the hour, I was surprised to meet so many of my neighbours going to the polling places.
Israeli, Tivon, Israel

It's my first time voting (I'm 18) and Barak is going to get my vote. It's true that Israelis really have no choice this time around, but that doesn't excuse voting for Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu party), he's the worst choice of all.
Sahar, Tel Aviv, Israel

We pray we will get a stable government

We just went out to vote between heavy rain showers. We pray we will get a stable government to replace the current useless lot, and getting leaders who care about the true needs of our state, and not just their political careers.
Meira, Israel

I cast my vote for Likud and Netanyahu this morning. Over the past decade he has been the best finance and foreign minister for Israel. Likud has the best economic policies, educational reform policies, and has mooted the idea of electoral reform. I see these three pillars as essential for the country. In terms of defence - well the party are known to be stronger than those on the left, but not dogmatic (recall it was Likud who negotiated with Egypt in 1979 and with Arafat in 1996).
Jonathan, Israel

Having lived in Israel for eight years prior to moving back to London a couple of years ago I know how important these elections are for the country. My parents who are in Israel will both be voting for Lieberman. My brother who has just come out of Gaza as a soldier has already voted Lieberman.
Doron , London, England

This is by far one of the more dull elections I've seen in Israel. Unlike previous elections, there was very little buzz and most of the campaigns took place on the internet rather than the streets. There were few demonstrations and people seem very indifferent. Many of my friends have told me, much to my dismay, that they are not planning to vote, and coupled with the nasty weather we're having I'm afraid these elections will have the lowest voter turnout yet. I voted for Bibi Netanyahu's Likud because I support his neo-capitalist economic policies and I hope he will be able to get us out of the current recession quickly, as he did in 2003 as Minister of Finance.
Yair, Mazkeret Batya, Israel

Unenthusiastic is somewhat an understatement. Unfortunately I don't remember when I last voted for someone I truly liked instead of the least bad option. Security is indeed the main concern. The good thing is that all of the large parties already understand that. Some are more radical than others, though. I will vote for Livni, not because I really like her, just because I believe Netanyahu was the worst prime minister that Israel has ever had.
Dan, Beersheba, Israel

I'm a 22 year old university student, studying in Tel Aviv University. I still haven't decided whether I want to vote for Netanyahu or Livni. Netanyahu offers change in the educational system, which certainly needs a good shake up and he has good ideas for reforming the economy, which include reducing taxes. Ehud Barak is the one who planned the whole bombing of Gaza, Ehud Barak, the so-called head of the so-called left wing party. Voting for Livni is highly tempting. She's a woman, and female influence over such a harsh country is something I think we really need. Following the previous war in Gaza, there is a large wave of anti-Israel feeling in the world and Livni is a person who just might look better to the outside world.
Anat, Jerusalem

I'm finishing my coffee, reading the press, playing with the online "compass" which supposedly helps one decide who to vote for. I want a peace deal, but don't trust the Palestinians. I want to concentrate on education, environment, and economy, but can't keep mind out of Gaza. I agree with Lieberman, but don't feel good about it. I'm thinking about voting Bibi, but afraid he'll be pulled too far right. I want to vote Tsipi but don't think she can pull it off. I'm thinking of tipping the balance with Barak, but know he's an anti-democrat. I'm off to vote.
Andrea Moriah, Har Adar, Israel

I voted for Netanyahu's Likud party as I believe it should form the next coalition, coming from as strong a position as possible in order to diminish Lieberman and Shas's positions within cabinet. I trust Mr. Netanyahu's economic policies and prefer his views on the conflict with Iran and Hamas over those of Livni and Barak, who stated after the Gaza incursion that "no rocket will be unanswered", and since then dozens of rockets have been fired by Hamas, unanswered.
Yuval, Tel Aviv, Israel

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