View of Tel Aviv.
(photo credit:Judith Goldstein)
Tel Aviv has long been recognized as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly
cities. As such, one might say the next logical step in its advancement of the
movement would be to elect the country’s first gay mayor. Earlier this year,
that seemed like a distinct possibility, when MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz)
announced that he would challenge Ron Huldai, the city’s mayor since 1998.
However, more recent polling suggests that Huldai’s reign over the city will
continue, with a predicted 53 percent of the vote in his favor compared to
Horowitz’s 26%.And then there’s Aharon Maduel of the Ir Lekulanu Party,
who has largely been characterized in this election by his status as a Sephardi
Jew. In an endorsement for Maduel over Horowitz as the best choice for Tel
Aviv’s Left, Yitzhak Laor wrote for Haaretz, “Something can also be said about
what the left has not succeeded in carrying out for decades: The hegemony of the
Left, even as a symbol, does not need to be Ashkenazi.”