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LIVE BLOG – Exit polls predict dead heat after Israel’s 2021 election

No leader has a clear route to a majority in the Knesset at the end of voting in the fourth election in two years

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Final update at 3am

• Israel’s main broadcasters all predict a deadlock between pro- and anti-Netanyahu blocs in the Knesset after Tuesday’s election

• In the hours after the polls closed no party leader declared they had a route to a stable government

• The figures suggest Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud will win around 31 seats, but that Naftali Bennett’s support would not be enough to deliver a majority

• Bennett, whose Yamina party seems unlikely to break into double figures, did not commit himself to either side of the divide

• Yair Lapid, the leader of the largest anti-Netanyahu party, did not declare himself a candidate for prime minister

• This election seems certain to have delivered the strongest far-right contingent in Israel’s history to the Knesset

• It’s been a disappointing election for Gideon Saar, who broke away from Likud in December and may only win six seats

• Labour’s Merav Michaeli hailed her party’s revival after it appeared to be comfortably over the electoral threshold

• Another unexpectedly strong performer was Benny Gantz’s Blue & White, despite predictions that it would fall short of the threshold

• Voter turnout, at 67.2%, was lower than any election since 2013

With that, the Jewish News’s live coverage of this election draws to a close for now. Thank you for your company this evening.