Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
IDF soldiers vote at their bases.

Israel’s upcoming national elections began early this weekend at some 640 IDF military bases across the country.

Soldiers in the Yahal’am engineering unit were the first to vote on Saturday night.

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Voting is taking place over a 72-hour period in the regional commands, Home Front Command, the Ground Forces, the Israel Navy and the Israel Air Force.

Ballots were also distributed to 55 additional outposts and other areas in which special election officers were appointed to oversee the voting process.

The polls open for the general public on Tuesday morning, April 9, Election Day, which is a national holiday.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.