From Vital Perspective, these exit polls are subject to change, but probably not by much.
|TV 10||TV 2||TV 1|
|Yisrael Beitenu (Right)||12||13||14|
|Gil (Senior Citizens)||7||6||8|
|Khadash (Arab Communist)||3||2||2|
|Ram Tal (Arab)||3||3||4|
The Jerusalem Post noted that the 63.2% voter turnout was the lowest in years:
only 63.2 percent of Israel’s 5,014,622 eligible voters had turned out at Israel’s 8,280 polling stations to cast their ballots. The figure is the lowest in Israeli elections history, with the next-lowest turnout of 67.8% in the 2003 elections.
Throughout the day, voter turnout at times lagged as much as 12% behind percentages measured in the 2003 elections.
Of course, with the predicted violence from the Palestinian Jihadists, voter confidence may have been a bit shaky, don’t you think?
A note from commenter David on our previous Israeli elections post:
Having just voted in Jerusalem, I read your post.
It is not suicidal shopping. It is an insistence on living normally, despite the threats. I have been in this country since the Yom Kippur War and the worst time I can remember was about three years ago – right before operation “defensive wall”. People stopped going to public spaces. The coffee shops and restaurants were empty(we are a coffee shop oriented culture) as were the malls and main streets. It was scary. It was depressing.
Then, Arik Sharon got it together militarily, took the war to the terrorists, started building the wall/fence and we turned back the terrorist onslaught. We reoccupied our public places. In essence, we won that (chapter of) the war. Ever since, the coffee shops and other public spaces have been full and, I hope, we will not be scared out of them again.
Living normally (and, I should note, well: the quality of the coffee and food in those coffee shops leaves Starbucks in the dust)is the best revenge in the face of terrorism.