"Today is a celebration of democracy," Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog said on Tuesday as he voted near his home in Tel Aviv.
"The nation will decide who its leaders will be. The elections are about hope. Whoever wants despair and disappointment should vote for Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] but those who want hope and change should vote for me," Herzog said.
On her official Facebook page Herzog's co-leader Tzipi Livni said that she did not hesitate when voting because she believed that her vote was one of many that reflected "the hope and expectation that all votes for the Zionist Union represented ."
Livni added that the election period was difficult for her, suggesting that figures from other parties had sown a lot of "dramatics, lies, political spin, chauvinism, hatred and incitement but with little substance."
Livni reiterated her party's adherence to the principles of protecting a Zionist, Jewish and Democratic state that is united, socially just and that promises freedom of expression.
Taking one final jab at Netanyahu, Livni reminded voters that , "if you want Bibi to get out of the prime minister's office, vote for the Zionist Union."
However on Monday Livni said she is prepared to forgo the rotation agreement with fellow co-leader Herzog if it will help in negotiations to form a coalition after Tuesday's election.
According to the deal which saw Livni bring her Hatnua faction into the Labor party to form the Zionist Union, she and Herzog would split the term, with each serving two years as prime minister should the party form the next coalition.