Former Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski – still occupied with court hearings
following his July indictment along with 15 others for his alleged involvement
in the Holyland affair – said on Monday that he has come under “heavy pressure”
to run again for mayor of the capital.
At a press conference at the Yad
Sarah NGO (that assists the sick, disabled and elderly) to announce the its
home-hospitalization plan, Lupolianski was surrounded by reporters and others
more interested in whether he would throw his hat into the race against Mayor
Nir Barkat and challenger Moshe Lion.
The former mayor was abroad on Yad
Sarah business when an Israeli newspaper recently claimed he was serious about
running and hopes that an upcoming court hearing would accept that he was not
involved in corruption. Unlike others of those indicted, Lupolianski has not
been accused of taking any money for himself.
“I was not connected
directly or indirectly to talk of running,” he said. “You know I was mayor of
Jerusalem and saw it as a great challenge...
I won’t deny that there are
pressures from various factors to run again as mayor, but I am still not in the
picture. I am at Yad Sarah and glad I can give service.”
former Degel Hatorah politician, however, did not rule out running. “I can
return. They’re even pressing me, but... there is a time and place.”
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