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Netanyahu votes, hailing ‘festival of democracy’ and hoping this is ‘last election’

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station in Jerusalem on March 23, 2021 in the fourth national election in two years. (RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara cast their ballots at a polling station in Jerusalem on March 23, 2021 in the fourth national election in two years. (RONEN ZVULUN / POOL / AFP)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu votes in the Knesset election in Jerusalem with his wife Sara, expressing hope that “this is the last election” after an extended political crisis.

“You touched our hearts,” Netanyahu tells reporters.

He calls on everyone to vote and refuses to comment on what the results will be from within the polling station.

“This is a festival of democracy. This is a happy country. Israel is a country where people are smiling,” he says.

Sara thanks the health staff who treated her, the Israelis who sent wishes for her a recovery, and her husband.

Earlier, the premier streamed live on Facebook, speaking with supporters around the country to urge Likud voters to go to the polls. He repeats that Likud has two seats “missing” that it needs to win to get a 61-strong majority.

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