What to Know as Israel Votes

Stand for Israel  |  March 2, 2020

Yael Eckstein, surrounded by three children, place a ballot into a voting box.
Yael Eckstein voting on election day in Israel

Today, Israelis are heading to the polls for the third time in a year, hoping that this election will lead to the selection of the next Prime Minister. But even as turnout is the highest it has been in over 20 years, The Times of Israel’s Joshua Davidovich discusses some of the most important aspects of this election:

1. Third and long: It’s election day (again) and Israeli papers are on it like white on rice. Who will win? Nobody knows for sure, and if history is any guide the press won’t have any better idea of how Likud’s Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White’s Benny Gantz really fared by the time the sun comes up on Tuesday (though it will certainly pretend it does)…

3. 10 more years? Unlike the past two elections, this time momentum is actually seen on the side of Likud, thanks to polling and a move away from the party’s traditional tactic of getting out the vote by scaring voters into thinking the party is about to lose…

6. Nothing to fear, but fear of fear itself: The elephant in the room is hopefully wearing a mask and not infecting the rest of us…

7. Nothing to fear, but fourth itself: The other elephant in the room is fourth elections, which are seen looming and possibly inevitable…

 

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