Joining other politicians, several right-wing party leaders cast their votes.
Religious Zionism’s Bezalel Smotrich, voting in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, expresses optimism that a right-wing government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu is within reach.
Yamina leader Naftali Bennett — who is also celebrating his birthday — votes in Raanana, calling on the public to vote “so that finally, we will form a government that cares.”
New Hope chairman Gideon Sa’ar votes in Tel Aviv, flanked by supporters, and says it’s a “moving occasion for me, three and a half months after forming New Hope. We have a clear way and big hopes for the future.”
United Torah Judaism leader Moshe Gafni also casts his ballot in Bnei Brak.
The most senior Likud member to vote thus far is Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, who votes in Herzliya and says he’ll go to other cities to campaign for a high turnout among supporters.