Far-right leader gets warm greetings, selfie requests at Beersheba polling station

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

Arriving at a polling station in Beersheba, Religious Zionism party candidate Itamar Ben Gvir is mobbed by young party activists eager to grab a selfie with the far-right politician.

Even the Likud party volunteer at the polling station asks to snap a photo with Ben Gvir.

The smiling Religious Zionism candidate tells the crowd of two dozen that he’s heard “reports” of a spike in left-wing voters and calls on supporters of the party to turn up to vote.

He does not provide evidence for higher left-wing turnout, just two hours after polls opened.