Smashing worries about voter fatigue and virus fears, authorities said Monday morning that Israelis were streaming to the polls in higher numbers than have been seen in decades.
I’m not a Jew, and I don’t live in Israel, but I will admit I am rooting for Benjamin Netanyahu to beat Benny Gantz in the election for prime minister. Of course, I don’t say that from a political perspective even though Netanyahu has been great for the Israeli economy and security. I say it from a biblical perspective because of the two, only Netanyahu has the right attitude regarding Israeli sovereignty in general and Jerusalem in particular.
“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.” Daniel 2:20-22 (KJB)
But as we well know, it is not the people who elect their leaders, it is the Lord who setteth up kings, and who also takes them down. Has the job that God put Netanyahu in office to do run its course, or is there more yet to accomplish? Today will deliver that verdict, unless of course, there’s another stalemate that forces a fourth election. Oy, vey!
Turnout highest in years as voters defy predictions of apathy, virus fears
FROM TIMES OF ISRAEL: The Central Elections Committee said 27.6 percent of registered voters cast their ballots by noon — the highest figure for the hour since 1999. The vote, Israel’s third in under a year, has been stalked by fears of the spreading novel coronavirus. Nonetheless, voters across the country cast ballots for leading parties Likud, Blue and White or one of the smattering of other parties vying for Knesset seats.
“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJB)
Last April, 24.8% of the electorate had voted by 12 p.m., and in September 26.8% had cast their ballots. There are 6,453,255 eligible voters in Israel, and ahead of the vote, analysts said they feared that frustration with the political system after seemingly unending deadlock would lower turnout.
The number of those eligible to vote has increased around 1% since the last election (some 60,000 people), said CEC director general Orly Adas. The total turnout in the September elections was 69.4% and in the April vote, 67.9%.
In addition to the normal polling stations, 16 specially equipped voting booths were opened for the 5,630 voters who were under home quarantine as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus in Israel.
There were long lines reported at many of those polling stations due to the protocols in place that made it take longer to process each voter while ensuring that sterile conditions were maintained.
After two inconclusive elections last year, opinion polls forecast another stalemate in a vote largely seen as a referendum on prime minister and Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who will go on trial on corruption charges two weeks after Monday’s vote. He is being challenged by Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party. READ MORE
Israel general elections: Third vote in less than a year
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival Benny Gantz are running neck-to-neck, with the former facing three separate corruption cases. Israeli politics remain as fractured as in the previous two elections when no party was able to form a government.
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