Israeli Arabs are reported to be turning out in unusually large numbers to vote but, overall, voting is lighter than normal in the Israeli elections. This, according to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, is a bad omen for prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's desperate hopes to cling to power.
Bibi, sensing disaster in the offing, has been pulling out all the stops. He courted the redneck Right (wait a second, is "redneck" and "Right" redundant?) vote by promising there'll be no Palestinian state on his watch. And today he warned all good and loyal Israelis to be on guard because those Arab Israelis are really turning out at the polls.
Haaretz maintains that Bibi is finished, even if he somehow corrals a coalition to overcome a Zionist Union party win. The paper speculates that even if he somehow holds on he'll be gone within two years.
Update: while voting was lower than usual for most of the day, Israeli papers report something of a surge following Netanyahu's warnings that Arabs were flocking to the polls.