The ballot boxes opened, Tuesday 23 March 2021, in front of the voters, in the Israeli parliamentary elections, the fourth in two years, as Israelis go to cast their votes, after the elections that took place in March 2020, without the Israeli community ruling out the holding of a fifth election. In the event that the government formation crisis continues.
Fourth elections within two years
A committee Israeli Central Elections She said in a statement that 6 million and 578 thousand and 84 Israelis are the ones who have the right to vote in these elections, and that the Israelis will vote in 13,685 ballot boxes spread all over Israel, while the candidates of 30 party lists are competing in the elections, and the ballot boxes will close at ten o’clock on Tuesday evening.
As for those infected with Coronavirus, they will be allowed to vote in special centers without leaving their cars.
According to the Central Elections Commission, 39 lists will run, of which only 14 will win, according to public opinion polls published in recent weeks.
Polls suggest the right-wing Likud party will top the winning lists, but the party’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, will face difficulties in forming a government that has the confidence of 61 votes in the 120-seat Israeli Knesset.
As soon as the polls close, the results of the television samples will appear, but the initial official results will start to appear tomorrow, Wednesday.
And the Israeli police announced in a statement that 20,000 police would protect the polling stations.
Netanyahu’s last chance
The Israelis returned to the polls in Israel for the fourth time in two years, after the last three elections failed to give birth to a government with sufficient support to continue in power, due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence to remain in office, in order to avoid an unknown fate, as he faces accusations Corruption, bribery and breach of trust.
It will be the vote In the elections, it is Netanyahu’s last chance, according to observers, to win a majority that will make him able to form a government this time.
Monday, March 22 – one day before the elections – Netanyahu held a press interview with the Arab website “Panet”, in which he said that he is proposing the establishment of a Palestinian state without sovereignty, and that peace with the Palestinians will be achieved through peace agreements with Arab countries, in reference to the normalization that has taken place. Already with the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, he reiterated that there will be direct travel flights from Tel Aviv to Mecca to transport Muslim pilgrims.
Netanyahu’s statements came in an attempt to win over the voices of Arab citizens of Israel, and in this regard, the Likud Party put up banners in the Arab regions, calling Netanyahu the nickname “Abu Yair”, in imitation of Palestinian customs.
In response to a question about peace with the Palestinians, Netanyahu said in the interview with the Arab site: “I think that this will be achieved, but in reverse, through peace agreements with the Arab countries first.” He added: “I do not think that we will not establish relations with the Palestinians, we are now establishing a relationship with the Palestinian Authority regarding vaccinations (the Corona vaccine), because we live in the same place, and we must deal with the matter responsibly.”
In this context, the Arab parties in Israel agree on one thing, which is to stand against Netanyahu, and this is what Al-Tibi expressed by saying: “We will not support, in any way, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu, to which he also brought in the candidate Itamar Ben Gvir, a racist and fascist, and it is not possible. To support Netanyahu and save him from the court, as he himself demands, and everyone who communicates with him finds that his main concern is to get out of this court and cancel it. “
This comes while the latest opinion polls published in the Israeli press indicated that Likud will win 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, and in return give the Lapid party about 20 seats, and 10 seats for each of the Bennett and Sa’ar parties.
Netanyahu is still leading the results of opinion polls, and he is based on the paper of the Corona vaccination campaign, during which about half of the Israelis received two doses of the Pfizer-Bionic vaccine, but it is likely that he will not find allies to form a government.
The latest polls also suggest that Netanyahu’s “Likud” party will win about 50 seats with its allies from the religious right, which is below the necessary threshold (61 seats) to form a government. Likewise, the polls do not suggest that Lapid and the parties hostile to Netanyahu will have a majority in parliament.
A large part of the election campaign took place under health restrictions, which prevented the organization of large party rallies, and despite the doubling of the candidates’ presence on radio and social networks, no televised debate was organized.
In an attempt to settle the political duel, Yair Lapid invited Netanyahu to hold a debate in front of him, and said in a statement that “Israeli public opinion deserves a debate. It deserves answers (…). The studios are ready, the supervisors are ready, and our platforms await us.”