Israel Prez Rivlin expresses 'deep shame' in the face of the political situation

JERUSALEM: a worried Israeli president Reuven Rivlin He expressed a deep feeling while voting on Monday for the third time in less than a year in elections that have failed to end the political crisis in the country.

In the third parliamentary elections, the oldest acting prime minister in the country Benjamin Netanyahu He is fighting for his political survival amid accusations of corruption charges.

Neither Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, nor its main rival, the leader of the Blue and White alliance, could form majority coalitions after the last two elections.

“This is normally a holiday, but the truth is that I don't feel like celebrating. I only feel a deep shame when I face them, my fellow citizens, Rivlin said after casting his vote at Yefe Nof School in Jerusalem .

“We just don't deserve this. We don't deserve another horrible and dirty election campaign like the one that ends today and we don't deserve this endless instability. We deserve a government that works for us, ”said the Israeli president.

And so, he said urging, I ask you to vote. Each vote is correct. Every vote is your voice. Get out and make it heard. I sincerely hope that we will see each other only in 2024, or at least not see another election campaign as President of the country that is so dear to all of us.

I have an uncomfortable feeling, even shame, Rivlin said before casting his vote.

The president made a great effort to push Netanyahu and Gantz to form a unity government after the second elections in September 2019, saying the nation should not be forced to endure a new round of voting, ynetnews reported.

Rivlin said that despite the tumultuous political period Israel You have experienced, we deserve a government that works for all of us and, therefore, no matter how you feel, I ask you to go and vote.

The Central Election Committee reported around 10 in the morning that 14.5 percent of eligible voters had cast their vote, which was half a percentage point lower compared to the September 17 participation.

Exit surveys will be announced immediately after 10 p.m., and final results are expected Tuesday morning.

Israel's highly divided polity threw two inconclusive elections result in April 9 and September 17 polls with nobody managing to muster support of 61 Knesset members.

If the results of the third round of polls are aligned with current predictions, the stalemate is likely to linger which complicates the pitch for the Israel i prime minister who will go on trial in just two weeks after Monday's vote.

Netanyahu, 70, is tried for a series of allegations of corruption, which he has denied.