Trouble: Netanyahu, Yesha Council hold emergency meeting over low turnout

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Likud continues its campaign of dire warnings of a looming election collapse, widely seen as a bid to increase turnout among its supporters rather than a reflection of actual poll data the party possesses.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, insists otherwise, saying repeatedly today that the party was headed for an election loss that would mean a “left-wing” government rising in its stead.

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At 4:30 p.m., Netanyahu’s campaign releases a statement saying the prime minister is now convening an “emergency meeting” at his Jerusalem residence of campaign staffers to decide on next steps to increase turnout.

Additionally, Local council heads in Judea and Samaria called on the electorate to leave their homes and vote, noting that voter turnout in Judea and Samaria is lower than in previous elections.

The council heads are concerned that the low turnout could result in the election of a left-wing government that is not friendly to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Yigal Dimoni, director general of the Yesha Council, said in a conversation with Arutz Sheva, “As of 4 PM, the percentage of voting in the settlements is relatively low compared to previous elections.”

“Some of the mayors go through a house to call the residents to vote, we are in the last few hours, it’s not a right but a duty of every resident to look after the future,” he added.

According to data published by the Central Elections Committee of the Knesset, voter turnout as of 4 PM stood at 42.8%. This represents a decrease of 2.6% compared with the previous elections in 2015.

On the flip side, voter turnout among the Arab population is at an all time low. Camil Fuchs, one of Israel’s most prominent pollsters, was quoted by Channel 13 journalist Raviv Drucker as saying, “Voter turnout in the Arab community like this is something we’ve never seen before.”

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