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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Vote Attracts Little Attention From Israelis

TEL AVIV -- They may not need to ask "Yasser who?" but Israelis don't seem to know a lot or care much about the first Palestinian general elections in history.


A reality check of comfortable middle class Israelis in high-rise apartment buildings and red-roofed houses around Tel Aviv indicates few have paused in their pursuit of the good life to peruse Palestinian politics.


"The time has come for them to look out for themselves. I care about the election only in that it will lead to a separation between them and us," said Lidia Diamant, 41, a health worker from the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam.


Her husband Haim, 45, like many other Israelis questioned about the election for a Palestinian council and head of its executive branch, didn't have a clue what Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza would be voting for.


"Tel Aviv and the whole center of the country feel pretty isolated from the Palestinian territories," he said. "As long as we don't have a terrorist attack here, we feel removed from it all. It's as if it is happening in Bosnia or Chechnya."


Not all Israelis are turning a blind eye to the election, such as several Israeli advocacy groups with Palestinians on their agenda are among official monitors of the poll.