Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand Ran Yaakoby on Thursday became the first of approximately 4,500 citizens living abroad eligible to cast an early ballot for the Jewish state’s Nov. 1 national election.

Yaakoby subsequently took to Twitter, writing: “Just voted in the #Israelelection2022 . 1st in the world to vote (and furthest) #israelinnz #Israelmfa . Good luck to all citizens of Israel. Wishing for a good, stable, productive government & #knesset ( parliament). We deserve it !”

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is located more than 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) from Jerusalem and in a time zone 10 hours ahead.

Israeli diplomats, their family members and emissaries of the quasi-official Jewish Agency, are eligible to vote on Thursday at some 100 polling stations set up at consulates and embassies worldwide.

Most Israelis will head to the polls on Nov. 1 for the fifth time in under four years.

Learn about the candidates and then let JNS know whom you would vote for.


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