Israel goes to the polls – for the fourth time in two years: 6,578,084 eligible voters will be able to participate today (Tuesday) in the elections to the 24th Knesset. The polls are open from 07:00 in the morning until 22:00, so we will all stick to the news to watch the sample results. From the moment the polls open until the “Israel Today” vote count, all the time with regular updates on the website and in the widget.
The elections this time will be different as for the first time they are being held in the shadow of a plague. Due to the corona, designated polling stations were set up for the isolated and the sick. In addition, for the first time, it was decided to place polling stations at Ben Gurion Airport. A total of 14,000 polling stations are spread throughout the country, a number that has been expanded to prevent too large gatherings.
Minute after minute
08:47: Polling stations were first set up at Ben Gurion Airport. The polling stations are intended for passengers who land and where they can vote before leaving for isolation.
08:40: Following the stormy weather: Ballot boxes for the isolated collapsed in Be’er Sheva
Due to the stormy weather: Ballot boxes for the isolated collapsed in Be’er Sheva // Photo: Assaf Pozilov
08:30: The chairman of the Labor Party, Merav Michaeli, arrived at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv: “I came here because I pledge to continue on Rabin Road. I pledge to return the State of Israel to a path that will lead back to the Zionist vision. “
08:20: Right-wing chairman Naftali Bennett tweeted on Twitter account: “Go out and keep our precious country, give me the strength to keep giving you, my people, everything. Go out and vote for B. “
Our Father which art in heaven, the God of Israel, and his redeemer,
Blessed be the State of Israel, the beginning of the growth of our redemption.
Go out and keep our precious country,
Give me the strength to keep giving you, my people, everything.
Go vote B! pic.twitter.com/Q33ARGYT0p
– Naftali Bennett Bennett (@naftalibennett) March 23, 2021
08:18: The chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, voted at the polls in Nokdim in Gush Etzion. As he left, Lieberman said: Calls on all the people of Israel to vote, to stand and to vote. I especially appeal to the younger generation. This is your destiny. We should all remember that the fourth round like the previous rounds is the result of one man’s bad will to escape the trial. We have been a country without a budget for two years now because Netanyahu is trying to escape the horror of the trial. this is the reason. Before you vote, think carefully about how to form a good and stable government. It is time for a decision. “
08:10: Meretz chairman MK Nitzan Horowitz: “Do not waste even a moment: Meretz in the Knesset or 61 for Netanyahu – it is in your hands. Do not wait until then. Drink coffee, go out to vote for Meretz, and be free to continue the day “Vote Meretz. It is for your values, and to prevent the government of Ben Gvir and Smutrich. Meretz must not be lost.”
Do not waste even a moment: Meretz in the Knesset or 61 for Netanyahu – it is in your hands.
Do not wait until then. Drink coffee, go out to vote for Meretz, and free up the rest of the day, almost:
Earlier, three other members convinced that Meretz must vote. This is for your values, and to prevent the government of Ben Gvir and Smutrich.
Meretz must not be lost. pic.twitter.com/NRdG0ibR3U
– Nitzan Horowitz Nitzan Horowitz Nitzan Horowitz (@NitzanHorowitz) March 23, 2021
08:05: The chairman of Jewish Power and the candidate on the list of religious Zionists for the Knesset, Adv. Itamar Ben Gvir, voted this morning at the polls near his home in Kiryat Arba. Ben Gvir said: “This morning is a morning of decision and good news – the right can win this election. It is in our hands. It is in our power. It is raining and we can win. We have the opportunity to form a full right-wing government, to give support to IDF soldiers.” To strengthen settlement, to preserve the south and the north, to prevent protection, to make a change in the legal system, we have a rare opportunity to strengthen the Jewish identity of the state. With the help of the name – we will win. “
Jewish Power Chairman Itamar Ben Gvir votes in the 24th Knesset elections in Kiryat Arba
07:50: New Hope Chairman Gideon Saar tweeted on Twitter: “Israeli citizens, this is a historic day that allows us to influence the future of Israel. Three and a half months ago I set out to bring change to our beloved country. The change can and should be brought about. It depends only on us. Bring your family, your friends. Convince the undecided. The change at hand. Go out and vote T. – a new hope. “
This is a historic day that allows us to influence the future of Israel. Three and a half months ago I set out to bring change to our beloved country. The change can and should be brought about. It depends only on us. Bring your family, your friends. Convince the undecided. The change at hand.
Go out and vote T. – New Hope.
– Gideon Sa’ar | Gideon Saar (@gidonsaar) March 23, 2021
07:45: Chairman of Yesh Atid MK Yair Lapid tweeted on his Twitter account: “Good morning to you. Today sanity is being returned to Israel! Go out and vote !. Let sanity win.”
Good morning to you
Today sanity is being restored
To Israel! Go out and vote!
Let sanity win
– Yair Lapid – Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) March 23, 2021
07:30: Shas chairman, Minister Aryeh Deri, voted at the ballot box in Jerusalem. This morning, Deri prayed a morning prayer at the tomb of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, together with a member of the Council of Sages, Rabbi David Yosef, Maran’s son. Deri recited Psalms with the children of the Shas movement’s education network.
“Today the voter says his thing, the voter has two options: a bloc that wants a Jewish state headed by Netanyahu with a strong Shas, and the other bloc that wants a civilian state led by Lapid,” Deri said. “The people of Israel went out to vote. I very much hope that the public will be able to let us continue to work for the people of Israel for a Jewish state that helps the weak under Netanyahu.”
Deri prays on Election Day at the grave of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef // Photo: Yaakov Cohen
07:00: About 14,000 polling stations across the country have opened and 6,578-084 eligible voters will be able to vote.
Participated in the preparation of the article: Yehuda Schlesinger, Daniel Roth-Avnery, Yuri Yalon, Yair Altman, Dan Lavie, Ilya Yagurov and Efrat Forsher