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: