Yesh Atid leader, Yair Lapid warned of a dim future on Tuesday, after casting his vote near his home in Tel Aviv and urging Israeli voters to do the same.
"We are here to fight for the State of Israel," Lapid said, speaking at the ballot beside his wife.
In the latest polls, Lapid’s party was clocked to 13 seats, while there are predictions that he could even get up to 15 seats. One party strategist told a Jerusalem Post reporter that Lapid's potential to punch above his speculated weight came from his adherence to substantive issues such as housing and basic economics while other parties ran negative campaigns.
"There is a chance that instead of having a good government that will bring hope to the State of Israel, we will end up with the "Bujie" party and the Haredis who will sell all the Israeli people's assets."
(Lapid escorting a bride and groom to the ballot box in Holon.)
Lapid was referring to his center-left rival, Zionist Camp leader Issac Herzog whose ability to form a coalition has been questioned by some, leading to speculation that he will have to choose between a government including Lapid's center party and their religious opponents.
"They will return the budget to the yeshivas, will cancel equality of burden and will arrive at a situation in which public funds will be taken from daily housing , single mothers, initiatives to decrease overcrowding in the classroom," Lapid added.
"This is why Yesh Atid was founded, that is why we are here and that is why we are voting."
During his visit to a polling station in Holon on Tuesday Lapid met a bride and groom, Victoria and Gary, who on their wedding day were going to vote Yesh Atid.
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