22 January 2013
Last updated at 12:41
Israelis are casting their votes in a general election, called early after the governing coalition failed to agree on the annual budget. Here an election official prepares ballots in Acre.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cast his vote in Jerusalem. Opinion polls suggest his right-wing alliance will win, but with a reduced parliamentary majority.
More than 5.65 million people are eligible to vote - including this prisoner casting his ballot in central Israel - at the thousands of polling stations.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who make up about 10% of Israel's population, arrive at a polling station in a school in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv.
Mr Netanyahu's joint party has lost ground to Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) led by wealthy businessman Naftali Bennett, seen here after voting in Ra'anana. He is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank.
The Labour party, lead by Shelly Yachimovich (centre), is expected to make a comeback in this election. Ms Yachimovich said she would rule out joining Mr Netanyahu's coalition.
Socio-economic issues have figured prominently in the election campaign along with security issues, opinion polls suggest.
The final result is expected by Wednesday although the process of forming a government could take weeks. For the first time, Israelis will be able to follow the counting of ballots on a government website as they happen.