November 25, 2022

Political candidates in the final stretch to win the Israeli elections

On the final day before Israelis head to the polls for the fifth time in three years, political candidates were honing their message in an effort to reach any undecided or uninspired voters.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited the Karish natural gas platform on Sunday and posed for photos. He said revenues from the natural resource will help combat the rising cost of living.

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Prime Minister Yair Lapid posing for photos at the Karish natural gas platform

(Photo: GPO)

At the headquarters of his Yesh Atid party, organizers said their work on the ground could break the deadlock that has plagued Israeli politics for years. “We have the potential for an unprecedented victory,” they said as the party mobilized its volunteers to encourage voters to turn out on Election Day.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, appeared before supporters in central Israel after his latest attempt to entice indifferent Haredi voters to go to the polls in their stronghold of Bnei Brak on Saturday. Ultra-Orthodox parties are an essential component of his future coalition formation.

On Monday, Netanyahu and other Likud lawmakers plan to flood the airwaves with interviews and will call on Sara Netanyahu, much criticized by her husband’s political opponents but a popular figure among his staunchest supporters.

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Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and his wife Sara (center) at a Sunday rally in a campaign bus

(Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Likud is also considering votes for far-right Itamar Ben-Gvir and his Religious Zionism Party, embraced by the opposition leader despite his racist past.

Ben-Gvir said publicly on Sunday that he would demand the portfolio of the Ministry of Public Security in the coalition negotiations, should Netanyahu’s right-wing and religious bloc emerge victorious.

Likud is also stepping up its social media efforts to target potential voters. Netanyahu, who will be watching Tuesday’s vote closely, will use the full voters list to see who has already voted and who might need an extra push.

Parties that are on the verge of not crossing the Knesset threshold, including the Labor Party, Meretz and Arab factions, will man the phones, send their members to the streets and fight for every potential voter.

Jewish Home leader Ayelet Shaked, who is under pressure to withdraw from the elections, publicly insists she will run until the end as she claims only she could lead the right-wing bloc to victory.

Likud feared her right-wing votes would be ‘lost’ if she failed and even changed their message to not ostracize her for her role in forming an alternative government, and now hints at a place in their camp if only she withdraws.