Beit Hansen exterior Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Fleur Hassan-Nahum, a Jerusalem city council member and new deputy mayor, conclude an agreement to expand the coalition to include the Yerushalmim Party.
(photo credit: JACKIE LEVY/JERUSALEM MUNICIPALITY)
It has been in the air for a few weeks, but very few believed it would end up with an agreement. There were seemingly too many obstacles, including the apprehension from the unavoidable, and perhaps even poisonous, critics. But it finally happened, and on Monday afternoon Fleur Hassan-Nahum and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat posed for a picture after signing an agreement that paved the way back to the coalition for Yerushalmim, a three-seat list at the city council led by Hassan-Nahum.Judging by the anger this step aroused, mainly among Hitorerut members and candidate for mayor Yossi Havilio, it seems that Hassan-Nahum has touched a nerve. The reactions were harsh and nasty, and the accusations, mudslinging and degradation of the move, including hinting at some greedy hidden intention just to get a financial reward, didn’t take long to burst out.