A recount of votes in Nazareth showed that Ramiz Jaraisi,
the incumbent mayor, lost to Ali Salam, a stunning development that puts an end
to Hadash rule in Israel’s largest Arab town.
“I repeatedly asked for a recount because I was sure that I
beat the mayor by 400 votes,” Salam said. “From my point of view, Hadash rule
in the city is over.”
Jaraisi, however, said that it was premature for any side to
proclaim victory, and that everyone should wait until official results are
posted. According to Jaraisi staff estimates, there are between 10 to 21 votes
separating the two candidates.