Turnout in Israeli election on track to be lowest since 2009

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Turnout in Israeli election on track to be lowest since 2009

Polling stations will remain open until 8pm UK time as Israelis vote in an unprecedented fourth successive general election

Michael Daventry is Jewish News’s foreign and broadcast editor

An early voter prepares to cast her ballot in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)
An early voter prepares to cast her ballot in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)

Turnout was reported to be sharply down in Tuesday’s Israeli election, with hours remaining until voting ends in the fourth election in under two years.

Barely 51.5% of the electorate had cast ballots by 6pm (4pm in the UK), a lower share by this stage in any election since 2009.

By this stage at the last election in March 2020, 56.3% had voted.

Polling stations opened at 7am and will accept voters in most places until 10pm.

The election was called after a power-sharing deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, the defence minister, collapsed at the end of last year.

It had been in office for less than six months.

Netanyahu, prime minister since 2009, is hoping voters will recognise him for a successful coronavirus vaccine rollout and a diplomatic outreach that has seen Israel establish ties with a number of Arab countries.

But the opposition have pointed to an ongoing corruption trial against him and his divisive rhetoric.

Israel has not had a stable government in place since April 2019, with voters divided in successive elections between the Netanyahu-led bloc and the opposition.

But opinion polls forecast a tight race in this election too.

The first results are expected in the early hours of Wednesday morning and most observers expect the outcome to be clear by the afternoon.

The Jewish News will be following the results live on its website overnight.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: