Party leaders and activists are making a last push for votes with active campaigns to get their voters to the polls on election day.
Likud-Beitenu reports that it is coordinating a network of 40,000 activists spread across the country. Tzachi Hanegbi, who is overseeing the party’s election day efforts commented, “We’re optimistic because we know we have a major advantage on election day over our political rivals.” However, Gideon Saar, the current Education Minister who topped the list of candidates at the Likud primaries, sent a note of warning about complacency saying, “Despite the myths, the Left’s voter turnout is higher than ours…This election hasn’t been decided yet.”
Meanwhile, the Labour Party is expected to utilise around 10,000 activists to secure votes during the day. The party will operate six busses to ferry voters from malls, parks and other public places to the polling stations.
In a final message to voters, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid pledged, “We aren’t going to change… even in the Knesset we are not going to give an inch in the fight for… everything that the middle class is dealing with.”
Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party paid a symbolic visit yesterday to the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where he told the assembled media, “Today we are embarking on a wonderful journey to unite all the parts of Israel – religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox – all of us together.”
Several of the parties have made a particular push for female voters, with polls showing a much higher proportion of undecided voters among women.
Leader of Hatnuah, Tzipi Livni, had an unusual preparation for today’s election. Yesterday evening, Livni accompanied Merav Cohen, who is ninth on Hatnuah’s list of candidates, to hospital after Cohen had gone into labour.