Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai launched his reelection campaign on Monday, calling on
voters to remember what he and supporters described as 15 years of progress in
Huldai described Tel Aviv as a city that was neglected when he
came to office, and has in the years since thrived and become a center that
answers all the needs of its residents.
“There are those who call this
new urbanism; I call it an urban kibbutz. The idea of the kibbutz was that a
person would need to be able to get all of his needs met in one place, within a
walking distance. This is what Tel Aviv has become.”
supporters who took the stage before him leaned strongly on the city’s
burgeoning image as a tourism and party capital, with Huldai himself mentioning
how The New York Times called Tel Aviv “the capital of Mediterranean cool” in
Campaign manager Danny Borovich, for his part, said that “Huldai
has already been mayor for 15 years and has proven that there’s no one who can
match his leadership.”
Borovich cited accomplishments such as the
building of bike lanes, the municipal bikerental system, the renovation of the
Habima theater, the promenade and Gordon Pool.
He also mentioned the
city’s 1,700 bars, as well as the city’s support of the local LGBT
They also screened a video showing a clip of the famous “what
have the Romans ever done for us” scene from the Monty Python film Life of
Brian, with Hebrew voices dubbed over those of the actors, describing how Huldai
built bike lanes and developed a municipal bike-rental system and renovated the
When it came to the problems facing the city, Huldai
mentioned three specific issues: the high cost of living, “the inefficient
public transportation”, and “the great influx of foreigners who have arrived in
great numbers to the south of the city.”
Huldai and his One Tel Aviv
party list will face competition in the October 22 elections from the Labor
Party list, which Huldai used to be part of, as well as the Meretz party list,
led by MK and mayoral candidate Nitzan Horowitz.
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