Modi’in votes as MKs stump for their parties’ local leaders

Bayit Yehudi is the only party with an Anglo on its list, but Yesh Atid appears to be compensating by sending Lipman to campaign.

October 23, 2013 09:11
2 minute read.
YESH ATID MK Dov Lipman in his new office.

Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman 370. (photo credit: Courtesy Dov Lipman)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Modi’in was bustling on election day, with around half-a-dozen parties competing for city council seats in a wide-open election, which otherwise would have been a lackluster campaign due to the dominating position of incumbent Mayor Haim Bibas.

National parties also made their presence known, with both Yesh Atid MK Dov Lipman and Senior Citizens Minister Uri Orbach making side-by-side appearances with their parties’ local leaders Shahar Mey-On (Yesh Atid) and Michael Harlap (Bayit Yehudi).

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

Bayit Yehudi is the only party with an Anglo, Jonny Cline, on its list, but it appeared that Yesh Atid tried to compensate somewhat by sending Lipman to campaign.

Harlap was the most optimistic, predicting winning “three seats or more” of those seats in play.

Mey-On said he was hoping for two to three, and said that while Modi’in is “full of beautiful parks and flowers,” his party could “strengthen its soul.”

Lipman remarked that while Bayit Yehudi was strong, he believed Yesh Atid’s national message of “balance” between all sectors of society would prove successful.

The list running under Bibas’s banner and Bayit Yehudi appeared to have heavy involvement from teenage volunteers, biking around, holding up signs and otherwise stumping for their parties, though all parties had some youthful volunteers.

Teenage volunteers included Ariel Werblowsky (Bayit Yehudi), born in Israel into a family of new olim from the US.

Werblowsky said he volunteered for the party (though he and all of the teenage “volunteers” were paid some small amount) because he supported Harlap for helping build new buildings for holding events for the Bnei Akiva youth group and new basketball courts.

Elad Siman-Tov, 17, another teenager campaigning for Bayit Yehudi, joined the party out of a combination of believing it would “strengthen Torah in the Land of Israel” and to help his friend, Harlap’s son.

Or Shemesh, 18, adolescent volunteer for the Bibas list, said Bibas had made Modi’in “a great city” with major projects like “building the municipal pool,” which he said were reasons for supporting him and his list.

But besides being sure that Bibas would be reelected, some of his volunteers were less than optimistic about his list for city council.

At another polling station, Miri Arad, number three on Ilan Ben-Saadon’s list (unofficially affiliated with Labor), effused about what Ben-Saadon has done for the city in the past and about his commitment for implementing new projects in the future.

Meanwhile, Ben-Saadon’s wife watched over the operation, interspersing orders about how to best approach incoming voters.

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
August 31, 2014
Prime minister to Channel 1: I’ll be running again in next election

By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN