City Heat: Israel braces for fiery round of local elections

Politicians prepare for local elections marred by multiple corruption scandals.

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April 4, 2018 12:06
Legendary Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek hosts a post-Passover Mimouna celebration in his home, togeth

Legendary Jerusalem mayor Teddy Kollek hosts a post-Passover Mimouna celebration in his home, together with prime minister Shimon Peres and US consul-general Morris Draper, in 1986. (photo credit: NATI HARNIK/GPO)

“Is this the mayor of Jerusalem?” an evidently distant voice emerged from the receiver, moments after Teddy Kollek woke at early dawn to the ringing of what he assumed was an emergency phone call.

“Speaking,” replied the legendary mayor of Jerusalem before asking “Where are you calling from and how can I help you?” “I am calling from Perth and you can’t help me,” replied the anonymous caller, who apparently wasn’t fully aware of the time difference between the Promised Land and his location Down Under.

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