First I take Safra Square

At his press conference on Monday, Deputy Mayor Ofer Berkovitch declared that a significant change in Mayor Nir Barkat’s attitude and positions was the main reason behind his decision to quit.

November 16, 2017 13:23
2 minute read.
Ofer Berkovitch

Ofer Berkovitch. (photo credit: SHARON GABAI)


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 analysis 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


It was like a storm cloud waiting to burst. Deputy Mayor Ofer Berkovitch announced Monday that he and his party, Hitorerut, had quit Mayor Nir Barkat’s coalition and he announced officially that he is running mayor in the coming elections.

Barkat and Berkovitch haven’t talked to each other for more than a year – antipathy punctuated, from time to time, by sarcastic remarks. It is unclear whether either of the men knew where and why animosity replaced their apparent idyllic partnership – but belligerent they did become. Barkat repeatedly ignored Berkovitch, who struggled to remain relevant.


Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content