In the run-up to the elections, the first ballots have already been cast for Israelis living abroad. Ninety-Seven polling stations in Seventy-Seven countries have been set up for Israeli citizens to cast their votes for the 22nd Knesset.

Those who will be able to vote are all state employees such as those of the many Israeli embassies abroad, and representatives of national institutions such as the Jewish Agency, the KKL or the Keren Ayessod.

Israel’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Itzhak Gerberg, was the first to vote for the 22nd Knesset on Wednesday evening at 10pm Israeli time.

Mark Sofer, the Israeli ambassador to Australia cast his vote at the Israeli Embassy in Canberra, and Tzvi Hefetz, the ambassador to China, has cast his vote in the Israeli Embassy’s polling station in Beijing.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up special logistics for this operation. Throughout the process, a control room within the ministry in Jerusalem will supervise the voting.

According to recent polls, Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party is expected to win 31 seats  The Blue and White party led by former Chief of Staff Benny Gantz will receive 30 seats, followed by the Arabic list with 12 seats.

The left opposition parties are expected to win 9 seats in total, followed by Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu’s party and United Torah Judaism who are expected to receive 7 seats apiece.

General elections in Israel will take place on the 17th of September 2019.