Party Leaders Vote Early

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Leading contenders for the premiership cast their ballots early Tuesday morning.

Front-runner Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah voted in Jerusalem's Rahavia neighborhood.

"This felt good," Netanyahu told reporters. "The people want change and they will choose it today," he said. "Those who want to embark on a new path will rally with the Likud and me," Netanyau said.

Defense Minister and Labor party chairman Ehud Barak voted in a Tel Aviv precinct close to his home.

"Today is the voters' day," Barak said. "People clear their heads of all the spins and propaganda and ask themselves 'who I can trust,'" he said.

Foreign Minister and Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni also voted near her home in Tel Aviv.

"I have done all that I would want every citizen of Israel to do," she said after casting her ballot.

Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman called upon all Israelis to vote, despite the inclement weather.

"People will vote even during a hurricane," Lieberman said.

"I wish to take advantage of this moment to call upon all the residents of Israel - Jews, Christians, Druze and Muslims - to come and vote," he said.

President Shimon Peres voted at the Jerusalem High School for the Performing Arts.

"I am proud to be living in a democratic country and to be a Jew who respects others," he said.

"Anyone who wants to strengthen Israeli democracy should go out and vote. This is a day of celebration," Peres said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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