Parties, media gear up for exit polls, celebrations as election day nears end

Politicians are gearing up for post-election shindigs, soirees and pity parties as Israel’s fourth election in under two years draws to a close.

Exit polls will be released at 10 p.m. and will likely set the tenor for the rest of the evening, though they will be updated and likely change significantly as actual results filter in.

Some events will see party leaders giving victory speeches before masses of adoring crowds, while some other parties are gearing up for more modest affairs designed mainly for media consumption.

Meanwhile, rumors among journalists, analysts, politicians and others over what the exit polls say, and whether Likud head Benjamin Netanyahu will have enough support to form a new government, have hit a fever pitch.