Israelis to vote today in fourth election in two years

Israelis to vote today in fourth election in two years

On Tuesday, Israelis will head to the polls for the fourth time in under two years. 38 parties are running in the election that hopes to end the political stalemate.

The Jerusalem post reported that, ‘6,578,084 Israelis are eligible to vote for any of the 38 parties running in 13,685 polling stations across the country. These stations will include the 750 special polling stations for the sick and quarantined due to covid-19.’

The race for the position would be between Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Yesh Atid party’s Yair Lapid, New Hope party’s Gideon Saar and Naftali Bennet of the New Right party. A day before election, the candidates were in their strongholds. Benjamin Netanyahu campaigned at Mahaneh Yehuda market, Jerusalem whereas Yair Lapid was in Haifa. Gideon Sa’ar prayed for success at the Western Wall and Naftali Bennett met business owners in Rehovot. 

The leaders from smaller parties called potential supporters at their campaign headquarters.

Three television networks will broadcast the exit polls at 10 p.m. However, the real results from the normal polling stations will be available on Wednesday. The final results must be in by March 31.

Amid criticism between candidates and unclear rotation options for Prime Minister, the local media opinion polls indicated that the election is unlikely to provide the country with much-needed stability. It also underscored that the outcome of the election remains unpredictable.

More than a month ago, both Gideon Sa’ar and Naftali Bennett made commitments to not sit in a government led by Yair Lapid.

The series of elections to the Israeli Knesset has been ongoing since April 2019. Twice the winning parties had failed twice to form a majority coalition and to create a government. The government was formed after the last election in March 2020. But it ceased to exist half a year later.

The 24th Knesset will be sworn in on April 6. President Reuven Rivlin is ready to give a candidate a mandate to form a government the following day.

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