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Netanyahu and Gantz call on Israelis to go to the polls after casting their vote

September 17, 2019

MADRID, Sep. 17 (EUROPE PRESS) –

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival in the elections on Tuesday in Israel, former Army Chief Benny Gantz, have called for citizens to vote, knowing that given how tight the polls predict the Results every vote counts.

Netanyahu, who seeks to repeat the mandate at the head of the Likud, has come to vote accompanied by his wife and has acknowledged that the result in these new elections, after his failed attempt to form a government six months ago, is predicted tight.

“Trump yesterday that these are tight elections. I can confirm this morning, they are very tight,” he told reporters after depositing his ballot. “I call on all citizens of Israel to come to vote, as my wife and I have done,” he added.

For his part, Gantz, leader of Blue and White, stressed that “today we are voting for change.” “We will be able to bring hope, all together, without corruption and without extremism,” said the former head of the Army, who also called for mobilization on election day.

Avigdor Lieberman, the former Foreign Minister and leader of Israel Beitenu, whose party is seen as key to the possible formation of a government coalition after the elections has also already voted. Like Netanyahu and Gantz, he has urged the Israelis to fulfill their “civic duty.”

The polls predict practically a technical tie between Likud and Azul and Blanco, as happened after the elections last April, when they obtained the same number of seats. In order to form a government, they must get the support of 61 of the 120 deputies that make up the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament.

After these elections, Netanyahu failed to forge a coalition of government despite the fact that the right and religious bloc was the largest in the chamber, so he chose to dissolve Parliament and take out the polls instead of allowing another candidate Try to form a government.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Tuesday that he is determined to prevent this from happening again. “I will do my best according to the law and the powers guaranteed by my office so that Israel has an elected government as soon as possible and that we avoid another election campaign,” he said, according to DPA.