The Bleich High School mock elections raises interest every elections season, as the Ramat Gan school's voter results have successfully predicted two of the greatest political surprises of the past 40 years.
This time, the high school has predicted a victory for the left – with Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog and Hatnua faction leader Tzipi Livni's "Zionist camp" party winning 30% of student votes in the mock elections held Sunday.
Surprisingly, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid fell into second place, with some 28% of the votes – with Likud a distant third with just 14% of "voter" support.
10% of students voted for Jewish Home, 9% voted for Meretz, and 5% of students voted for Kulanu. Just 2% voted for Yisrael Beytenu and Yachad-Ha'am Itanu; 0% of students voted for the haredi parties or Arab list.
Current polls, by contrast, predict drastically differing results – with Likud and Labor facing off for the win and Yesh Atid frequently the fourth or fifth-largest party in the 20th Knesset.
Several politicians attended the mock vote to encourage students to "vote" for them, including Labor leaders Yitzak Herzog and Tzipi Livni, as well as Otzma Yehudit-Ha'am Itanu MK Baruch Marzel.
Channel 2 noted that during the last elections season, the school's mock vote successfully predicted an outpouring of support for the then-new Yesh Atid, which garnered 27% of student votes and then shocked the Israeli public by winning 19 seats in the 19th Knesset.