Politicians Rally With Elections Hours Away

One day before elections, Netanyahu warns Right they must choose Likud to ensure victory, while Herzog stresses importance of change.

Cynthia Blank ,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Party chairmen have been busy Monday, as they all make their last-ditch appeal to citizens for their votes come elections on Tuesday. 

Main rivals for prime minister - incumbent Binyamin Netanyahu and Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog - took opposing tactics, Channel Two reported.

While Netanyahu stressed that members of the national camp should choose Likud over other right-wing parties, Herzog argued he was the only realistic candidate to replace the current government. 

"Tomorrow, vote with the only ballot note that can replace the government, Labor-Hatnua," Herzog wrote on his Facebook page. "Every other ballot note stops the revolution and leaves Israel stuck with Bibi. There is no other alternative. Tomorrow Israel will elect a new prime minister, and a balanced, responsible government."

Netanyahu's remarks to constituents, however, were tempered with a warning. Speaking at a Likud faction meeting in Or Yehuda, Netanyahu emphasized that the gap between the Zionist Union and Likud, as seen in Friday's polls, still exists.

"It is possible and necessary to close that gap in the next 30 hours. The way to do that is for every national camp voter to choose Likud. If we do this - we will win. If not - we will get a leftist government led by Tzipi and Buji with the support of the Arabs."

The center parties, meanwhile, took to the streets, visiting with voters across the country, or, in Moshe Kahlon's case, phoning them. 

Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman was in the south meeting with Israeli residents most affected by Hamas fire and terror tunnels during Operation Protective Edge. There, he stressed his desire to destroy Hamas and serve as defense minister. 

Yair Lapid, Yesh Atid's Chairman, went in the reverse direction - to the north. Touring the border, Lapid criticized both Herzog and Netanyahu for neglecting the middle class, before promising to work hard in the next Knesset to ease Israel's high cost of living.