Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbol (Shas) said Tuesday that he agrees with those set to protest haredi (ultra-Orthodox) gender segregation in the city, but believes those who organized the demonstration did so for political reasons.
"I support the position of those protesting in the city tonight, but the fact that they did not invite me to attend proves that the motives of the organizers are political," Abutbol said in an Army Radio interview.
Abutbol rejected claims that his policies had contributed to the rise of haredi extremism in Beit Shemesh.
"It is not the mayor's role to do the job of the police," Abutbol stated.
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