Changing of the haredi guard

Will Yossi Deitsch, replacing UTJ deputy mayor Yitzhak Pindrus as part of a rotation agreement, cooperate fully with the mayor’s plans?

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January 20, 2011 22:37
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Yitzhak Pindrus

Yitzhak Pindrus 521. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Deputy Mayor Yitzhak Pindrus is going home. Well, not exactly – but according to a rotation agreement signed by his party members (United Torah Judaism), Pindrus clears off in favor of Yossi Deitsch, who will as of next month become the deputy mayor representing the haredi Ashkenazim.

Pindrus is considered a curiosity in the haredi landscape: he is young (39), articulate (born in the US) and above all, totally independent regarding the rabbinic regime. His first steps in the political game were in the haredi town Betar Illit, where he was elected mayor for six years, and refused to bend to rabbinic decrees and rules when he believed that doing so would not be in the residents’ interests. But this attitude eventually cost him dearly – first a crisis between him and his then mentor, MK Moshe Gafni, and later on during his tenure as mayor.

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