9 April 2019
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise visit to the Western Wall late on Monday, only hours before polls open across the country. Israelis vote in a parliamentary election on Tuesday, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 120-seat Knesset.
Final polls in the campaign, on Friday showed that Netanyahu had fallen behind his main challenger, centrist Benny Gantz, but still has an easier path to form a government that would keep him in power for a record fifth term. The ancient Western Wall, the most sacred prayer site in Judaism, is located in the eastern part of the city Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.