A plurality (regular) voting system is susceptible to vote-splitting (introducing technical candidates to decrease the winning candidate’s chances) and fails on pair-wise choice (a candidate preferable to any other can still lose the vote).

A simple alternative method is ranked pairs. Each voter ranks his preferences, like Kahane > (is better than) Olmert; Olmert > Peres.

The possible number of pairs is large on a ballot with a few dozen candidates, but voters need not rank them all. Voters rank their preferred candidates and declare others equal to them: Peres = Rabin = Abu Mazen. When a voter doesn’t include some candidates in the pair ranking, he declares them equal among themselves and worse than all others.

The ranked pairs method could be compromised by splitting voting districts, but small Israel could count the vote as a single district. The method theoretically fails on participation criteria (sometimes, it’s better not to vote at all), but a practical realization of such a strategy is all but impossible. Beside, voting could be made a legal duty for all Israeli Jews.

The ranked pairs system is more fun than the simple plurality method. It also gives a picture of voter preferences rather than a single winner. Ranked pairs voting will require computer touch screens rather than paper ballots; installing them is no problem. Alternatively, Israelis could switch to voting from home on the internet.

No country uses that system, but Israel could.