Israelis went to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new government, and the country’s incumbent leader was very worried.
Over the past few months, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw what some assumed would be a comfortable reelection morph into a tightly contested race. In the final days ahead of the vote, Netanyahu’s rhetoric grew increasingly hawkish, even for his standards. On Monday, he declared there would be no independent Palestinian state under his watch. And on Tuesday, as Israelis cast their ballots, he sounded the alarm about who was voting.
“The right-wing government is in danger,” Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post. “Arab voters are coming out in droves to the polls. Left-wing organizations are busing them out.”
Netanyahu then made his appeal on behalf of his rightist Likud party, which is trailing the Zionist Union, led by Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog: “Get out to vote, bring your friends and family, vote Likud in order to close the gap between us and Labor.”
– Read more: On Israeli Election Day, Netanyahu Warns of Arabs Voting ‘in Droves’ – The Washington Post