Main contenders in today's Israeli election are familiar faces.

Main contenders in today’s Israeli election are familiar faces.

Israel’s election Tuesday largely pits familiar faces against one another in a tight race

Benjamin Netanyahu, the opposition leader, wants to return to power and replace his main rival, the interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid. The election is seen as a referendum on Netanyahu’s fitness to rule while he is being investigated for corruption.

Far-right Jewish nationalist Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has been surging in opinion polls and could be key to lifting Netanyahu to victory, has just burst onto the scene.

The main players are:

Benjamin Netanyahu

Yair Lapid

Itamar Ben-Gvir

Benny Gantz

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