A Likud bid to fast-track legislation that would allow political party observers to bring cameras into polling stations on Election Day stumbled after a parliamentary committee, in a tied-vote, blocked the measure from advancing for a first reading in the plenum.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had pushed for the bill, claimed its aim was to ensure the integrity of the vote. Critics called it an attempt at voter intimidation, particularly in the Arab sector. Both the attorney general and the Knesset legal adviser objected to the manner in which the legislation was being advanced. KAN's Naomi Segal asked Prof. Yuval Shani, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Vice President of Research at the Israel Democracy Institute, for his take on the developments.