More than you could feel a palpable interest in the elections on the streets of Israel today, you could feel a strong sense of desperation from parents — huddling in shop doorways sheltering their offspring from rain showers and searching for an activity that would keep them entertained.
Election Day here is a public holiday when schools close and most people are off work. And Israel is not really geared up for rainy days.
So while the counting of the votes has not even begun, we can reveal the real election winner: the indoor entertainment industry. Luring thousands of parents with the promise of fun out of the rain, bowling alleys, children’s play centers and cinemas are enjoying sky-high takings. Many have queues stretching beyond their doors.