Israel's Election Day 2021 drew to a close Tuesday after Israelis headed to the polls for the fourth time in four years in what is widely seen as a referendum on the divisive rule of Israel's longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Three Israeli election exit polls, by Channel 11, Channel 12 News and Channel 13 News, presented here, will be followed by live updates of the vote count progress in real-time. Click here for Haaretz's live updates on Israel's election and its aftermath
The exit polls initially gave Netanyahu a shot at securing a slim majority if Naftali Bennett's Yamina joined him, but they were later updated based on real results and showed Netanyahu does not necessarily have a clear majority. Religious Zionism, an alliance of parties made up of Kahanists, the homophobic Noam Party and the national-religious National Union-Tkuma, are making major gains. Gantz's Kahol Lavan and Meretz are projected to make bigger gains than expected in polls running up to the election. The representation of the Arab parties, Joint List and UAL, which split ahead of the election, are projected to be slashed. Take a look at the party slates
Ahead of the vote, Netanyahu's Likud was expected to remain the largest party, but it was unclear whether the incumbent prime minister could form a Knesset majority. Meanwhile, the anti-Netanyahu bloc, which includes parties from the left, right and center, looks to have even fewer paths to forming a governing coalition. Two parties, Bennett's Yamina and Manour Abbas' UAL, have not yet declared support to either bloc.
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