By 12 P.M. only 23.5 percent of the 4.5 million eligible voters had voted. That was more than 5 percent lower than in the 1999 election when 28.9 percent had voted by midday, according to Haaretz online service.
Only eleven percent of four million eligible voters in the first three hours voted in the Israeli premiership elections.
The Arab participation was close to zero, with only 0.01 percent of eligible Arab voters had voted. Five people from the UMM al Fahem Arab town cast their ballots and 10 from Taibeh, whereas hardly any voters arrived at the polling booths in various Arab villages in the Galilee, said the Israeli press – Albawaba.com