Monday, March 27, 2006

Last chance to enter Israeli election March Madness!

The Israeli election is two days away!!! Therefore, tomorrow is your last chance to enter Mah Rabu's Israeli election March Madness pool. Entry is FREE! To enter, all you have to do is predict how many Knesset seats each party will win. Full instructions are here.

A number of people have expressed concern that they didn’t feel that they could enter, because they haven’t been following the election closely enough. To that I say, humbug. I’ve entered conventional March Madness pools with much much less knowledge about NCAA basketball than you have about Israeli politics. One year I even won (since a large number of upsets knocked out the people who had made more educated choices). And here are some tips to make it easier:

1) Yes, there are 31 parties, and that’s a lot. However, only 13 of them are represented in the current Knesset. It’s a reasonable guess to assume that parties in the current Knesset are most likely to make it into the next Knesset.

2) Wikipedia has been collecting poll results on this election.

3) I’ve written brief summaries of each party over at Jewschool.

Start predicting!

1 comment:

  1. Since you've been so kind as to direct donations to the New Israel Fund, let me also inform everyone about an election night event taking place at NIF's New York office:

    The Israeli Elections in Real-Time
    New York, NY - Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

    NIF offices, 330 Seventh Avenue , 11th Floor


    Join us to watch Israeli election results broadcast live from Israel. Eat falafel, drink beer and talk politics. The evening will include analysis with political scientist Mark Rosenblum of Queens College.

    Space is limited and RSVPs are required.

    Please email or call 212-613-4400 to RSVP.