The Elections Committee has corrected a previous report and now says 13.7%, and not the previously stated 7.4% of Israel’s eligible voters have cast ballots as of 10 a.m.

The turnout at the same hour in the least election was 11.4%.


Polls have been open only two hours.

Analysts have expected an unusually high voter turnout, partly because of the massive foreign-funded campaign aimed at Arab and Bedouin voters, most of whom usually do not vote in Israeli elections.

Exit polls will be reported starting at 10 p.m., but no one who was around nearly 20 year forgets that Shimon Peres had the 1996 election victory in the bag, based on returns when he went to bed before midnight.

At approximately 3. a.m., Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu surged ahead and won by half a percentage point.



  1. Netanyahu has been a great leader for Israel. Bibi's numerous accomplishments include service as a soldier, as a diplomat, an a economic reformer. Benjamin Netanyahu signed the Hebron and Wye Accords, advancing the peace process with the Palestinians. He expanded government privatization, liberalized currency regulations, and reduced deficits. I wish I could say the same about Obama who has raised our national debt more than and President in US history.

    Netanyahu has provided compelling and reasoned expositions of one of the greatest threats in the world today. He should receive credit for drawing the worlds attention to the threat Iran poses to Israel, to America, their own people, and the entire world. Israel has strong leader when it needs it most.

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