Corridors of Power: Tale of a lost city

All sides in the struggle over the strike agree: We’re talking about Israel’s largest city, but first and foremost, also its poorest.

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February 2, 2017 19:30
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Priestly Blessing at The Western Wall

Priestly Blessing at The Western Wall. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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The duel between Mayor Nir Barkat and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon over the final funding grant for Jerusalem obviously attracted a lot of attention, but there might be another way to look at it in terms of what is good for the city.

Both sides, each with its own allies and lots of figures backing each position, are essentially talking about the same thing, which is how much money the city needs so as not to crumble into poverty and neglect, and fall below the minimum required to adjust its municipal services to those of a medium-sized and not very developed city.

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