Elections in Israel and the Palestinian territories have been the subject of constant headlines for decades.
But now the focus has turned to the next round of elections, with the country’s electoral authorities preparing for an unprecedented number of voters.
Is there anything to learn from the 2016 elections?
Here are six things to know about the 2016 Israeli elections.
What’s at stake?
The Israeli election will be the first time the country has had an openly contested election since Israel’s creation in 1948.
The country is now on the brink of a historic political crisis as the ruling coalition struggles to form a government.
With Israeli society divided along religious and ethnic lines, the election has become a political battleground.
It will also mark the first major contest since the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 1998, which saw him replaced by a coalition led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Who is eligible to vote?
Anyone with a “Jewish” or “Arab” identity is eligible for the vote.
The government has decided to allow anyone to register, although this is controversial in a country where most Israelis are not Muslim.
However, some politicians have been seen holding anti-Arab and anti-Israeli demonstrations in the past.
The main opposition Jewish Home party has not accepted the new rules, saying they are not acceptable and will be punished.
What to watch for: The first round of voting will take place on Friday, March 13, in the northern city of Beer Sheva.
Voters will be allowed to cast their ballots for the second and final round of the election, which will be held on April 11.
The vote will be based on the same criteria as the first round, with voters only allowed to vote once.
Voting will take just over an hour.
Can I vote if I am a foreigner?
If you are from outside Israel, you may still cast a ballot.
However you vote, you will be limited to two candidates: the winner of the first-round vote will face the second-round winner.
For the second round, you are allowed to elect one additional candidate.
In the first two rounds, only citizens of Israel are allowed on the ballot.
Who will be on the winning team?
The governing coalition will be led by the Likud party, which won the first election after the elections.
The ruling coalition has a total of six ministers: Likudi party head Naftali Bennett, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, Health Minister Avichai Mandelblit and Housing and Urban Development Minister Uri Ariel.
The remaining four ministers are expected to be announced soon.
The two main parties, however, are expected be joined by smaller parties.
If you want to be sure you can vote, however you cast your ballot, you can do so on the internet.
The Israeli prime minister has announced the formation of a new national election commission, which is responsible for selecting the countrys first- and second-place candidates.
How to vote: The Israeli government says the new electoral commission will be responsible for choosing the first and second round of candidates, and it will also be responsible in the case of a tie.
But it is unlikely that the new commission will have the authority to pick all the candidates in the first or second round.
You can cast your vote online and, if you vote in person, the online ballot box will be open to the public.
You will need to bring a form of ID to vote.
What will the result be?
The official results will be announced on Monday, March 18, and will show who is the leader of the ruling bloc.
The final results will then be announced at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, April 6.
The next election is expected to take place in 2019.
Why is it important?
Israel’s first elections were held in 1967, when the country was split between the two countries.
However the current system is seen as a compromise between Israel and Palestine, a dispute that was sparked by the 2014 killing of Israeli teenager Gilad Shalit, who was abducted by Palestinian militants.
What can I do if I have a problem voting?
If the election commission fails to reach a consensus on who is on the losing side, a new round of polling will be called.
However there is no guarantee that any of the candidates will be in the running.
The commission will hold another round of public meetings in the coming days, and a new poll could be held in early 2020.
How long will it take to vote in the next election?
The next elections will take a minimum of 18 months, but the average is already around 20 months.
Are there any restrictions?
Israel has strict rules for voting.
You cannot vote on election day if you are under 18 years old, if your family is not from Israel, if the candidate you voted for is not your spouse or child, if it is the first ballot, or if you live in a city that is not part of Israel.
However if you do not vote, your vote will not count