hile politicians still have two nearly weeks to win over prospective constituents at home, Israeli officials serving abroad will already have their say Wednesday, officially kicking off elections for the 20th Knesset. Some 6,250 representatives in over 98 missions across the world are eligible to cast their vote, from Amman to El Salvador to Ghana. Overseas voting will begin Wednesday night and will take place over the course of 36 hours, given differing time zones between countries. Israeli representatives at the consulate in Wellington, New Zealand, will be the first to vote, with ambassador Yosef Livneh expected to submit the first ballot. The final vote will be held at the Israeli mission in San Francisco.
People with Israeli citizenship living or traveling abroad who do not serve the country in an official capacity are ineligible to vote.
But the exception made for diplomats also applies to emissaries sent overseas by the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemet Leyisrael — The Jewish National Fund, Keren Hayesod and the World Zionist Organization. Their spouses and children (aged 18-20) can also cast a ballot abroad.