Fractious factions

What should have been an upbeat city council meeting was again disrupted by the long-standing antipathy between Nir Barkat and Meir Turgeman.

June 2, 2011 17:40
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Meir Turgeman (L) and Nir Barkat.

nir barkat and meir turgeman_521. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem, Sarah Levin)


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Last week’s city council meeting was supposed to be a festive and respectable event – the changing of the guard between two members of the Hitorerut B’yerushalayim party. Merav Cohen stepped in to replace Ofer Berkovitch, in accordance with a rotation agreement between them. Cohen, who is getting married in less than two weeks, was particularly emotional, probably because her fiancé and her parents were in attendance, seated on the left-hand benches of City Hall.

Berkovitch, who was also visibly moved, had prepared a rather long speech in which he described his credo, his dedication and his vision for the future of this city, enriched by having been a member of the coalition for two and a half years. And his mother was there, too. An employee of the municipality, she did not even attempt to conceal her maternal pride. The atmosphere was really as close to festive and respectable as Kikar Safra could get.


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