Voter turnout – 34.6%, significantly lower than in previous elections

Voting in the Knesset elections

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The turnout as of 14:00 today (Tuesday) stands at 34.6% – a decrease of 3.5% from the previous election.

The leaders of the parties and the candidates for the Knesset travel around the country in an attempt to encourage as many citizens as possible to leave the house and exercise their democratic right.

On the left, there is talk of a low turnout in areas affiliated with “just not Bibi” parties, while on the right, they claim that they have low turnout.

Blue and white chairman and Defense Minister Bnei Gantz came to the party’s election headquarters and said: “The turnout is low and we are running for a fifth election.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the promenade in Bat Yam and said, “I am missing two seats, go out and vote.”

Likud faction chairman Miki Zohar urged supporters: “Wake up and go to the polls. I am touring the south and unfortunately the turnout in Likud cities is very low. If we do not wake up we may lose the election. We have only a few hours left. From the houses and vote sick ”.

Haredim and national religious people with the right to vote receive SMS messages from the Likud calling on them to vote “sick” or for the religious Zionist party of Bezalel Smutrich.

The Likud seeks to weaken Naftali Bennett’s “right” party in the hope that a small number of seats will force Bennett to join the government with the ultra-Orthodox parties and Smutrich.

The chairman of the right-wing faction, MK Ayelet Shaked, wrote on Twitter: “Friends, I am worried! Our people, are pressed by the shouts of the Guild and vote for T in the thousands. Follow your heart and vote ” ‘. Bennett asked: “Vote with your heart in ‘, and do not fall for lies and spins’ Guild saved, etc. as if Smutrich, Ben Gvir and the Noam party in some danger. Vote according to what you really believe. “

The chairman of the Religious Zionist Party, MK Bezalel Smutrich, claimed for his part: “Friends, do not believe these spins. We owe it to you to make sure we are inside safe and that a right-wing government will be fully formed. Go and vote T.

The elder of the rabbis of religious Zionism and the head of the Bnei Akiva institutions, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, voted this morning at the polls near his home in the Shapira Center. “I came back from the vote, of course I voted T. because I have always identified with ‘religious Zionism’ but I also want to tell everyone that the list of religious Zionism swings around the blocking percentage. “In other words, there is a danger that you will not pass the blocking percentage and you must vote for them,” said Rabbi Druckman.

Chairman of Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, voted near his home and said: “This is the moment of truth of the State of Israel and in the end everything drains into two options, and only two options – or there is a great future or a government of darkness, racism and homophobia that will take the money of working people and pass it. For people who do not work. “Do not work for the real public that keeps this country alive – the people who work, pay taxes, serve in the military.”

MK Merav Michaeli voted at the polls in Tel Aviv: “These are very important and completely open elections and in our hands. We all have enormous power in our hands. Today we are returning the truth to politics.”

The chairman of the right, MK Naftali Bennett, voted this morning (Tuesday) with his wife at the polls near his home in Raanana. “I call on everyone to go out and vote so that a government that cares is finally formed,” Bennett told his supporters.

Bennett posted on Twitter a picture from the morning prayer, “Our Father in the heavens, the Creator of Israel and his Redeemer, bless the State of Israel, first of all, our people to keep the state alive, let us keep the kingdom.” “.