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Casting his ballot, Ben Gvir says: ‘We’re going to celebrate this evening’

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Itamar Ben Gvir casting his ballot in the Knesset elections on March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Itamar Ben Gvir casting his ballot in the Knesset elections on March 23, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

Itamar Ben Gvir, the neo-Kahanist Otzma Yehudit faction’s candidate in the Religious Zionism party, has arrived at his polling station in the southern West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba to cast his ballot.

He tells The Times of Israel that he’s particularly confident that he’ll cross the electoral threshold in this round after failing to do in the past three, when he ran both independently and in a conglomerate of far-right parties.

He says Prime Minister Netanyahu’s effort to merge Otzma Yehudit with Bezalel Smotrich’s National Union and the far-right Noam party has helped all but solidify his chances of making it into the Knesset.

“We’re going to celebrate this evening, God willing,” he tells supporters as he enters the polling station.

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