The latest news: Due to voting irregularities in Arab villages in northern Israel, one seat will shift from Labor to the United Arab List. But that won't affect the March Madness standings.
The final Knesset results:
- Kadima 29
- Labor 19
- Shas 12
- Likud 12
- Yisrael Beiteinu 11
- National Union - NRP 9
- Gil 7
- United Torah Judaism 6
- Meretz 5
- United Arab List 4
- Hadash 3
- Balad 3
- Aleh Yarok (Green Leaf)
- Hayil (Jewish National Front)
- Atid Echad
- Tzedek Lakol (Men's Rights)
- Da'am (Organization for Democratic Action)
- Brit Olam
- Halev (Party for the Struggle with the Banks)
- New Zionism
- Oz La'aniyim (Strength to the Poor)
- National Arab Party
Now, the overall standings. Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter!
In third place, Ariel Schachter, whose predictions were, in some cases, right on the mark, including exactly 11 for Yisrael Beiteinu and 5 for Meretz.
In second place, Michael Rosenberg, who predicted the fall of Likud and the rise of Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas, correctly predicting 12 seats for both Likud and Shas.
And the winner is......
Benjamin Fleischer, of the blogs Politics, Compassion, and Justice and Ask the Rebbe, who correctly predicted 111 out of the 120 Knesset seats! It was a close contest all around, but what put Benjamin over the edge is that he was the only contestant to predict that Gil (the Pensioners' Party) would make it into the Knesset (though many people answered Gil for tiebreaker question #1).
In addition to eternal glory (until the next Knesset election), Benjamin has won guest-blogging privileges on Mah Rabu for a week. However, he has declined this award (in order to focus on his own blogs), and has instead requested a post (or posts) on Mah Rabu, which will be coming soon.
See you in 2010, or more likely sooner!