The Times of Israel and the Shalom Hartman Institute are teaming up to deliver an online livestream panel discussion on the elections starting at 9:30 p.m. Israel time (2:30 p.m. Eastern), or 30 minutes before polls close. Rabbi Donniel Hartman will be joined by Times of Israel political analyst Haviv Rettig Gur and journalist Yardena Schwartz for the online panel, which will deliver breaking exit poll results and analyze them in a wide-ranging conversation about what they mean for the future.
Israelis went to the polls Tuesday to elect the 21st Knesset. Starting at 7 a.m., Israel’s 5.8 million eligible voters had the opportunity to choose between 39 parties running for parliament. Polls close at 10 p.m. nationwide, at which point the first exit polls are published and the vote counting begins.
Will voters give Netanyahu a fourth consecutive term in office? Will they topple the Likud-led government for the first time in a decade? Or will the result be something less clear-cut, an uncertain electorate that leaves the country’s political leaders struggling to form a coalition?
And what do the exit poll numbers mean for other issues, such as Jewish pluralism, Israel-Diaspora relations, the economy, foreign policy, and more?