Jerusalem elections: A game of musical chairs

It seems that at the next council, the national religious sector will be headed by two religious representatives who share almost all the same ideals but don’t speak to each other.

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September 20, 2018 13:30
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Rachel Azaria is running for Jerusalem's mayor at the head of the Yerushalmim party

Rachel Azaria is running for Jerusalem's mayor at the head of the Yerushalmim party. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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In just 40 days – on October 30 – the city council’s 30 seats will welcome new members. While it is unclear whether there will be Arab representatives for the first time since the city’s reunification 51 years ago, we can assess who the most realistic candidates are for the next council.

Likud MK and Jerusalem Affairs and Environmental Minister Ze’ev Elkin is heading exiting Mayor Nir Barkat’s “Jerusalem Will Succeed” list, bearing the same name and same program. This list presently has four seats. The Likud, which is not officially supporting Elkin, is running its own list, headed by former deputy mayor Elisha Peleg.

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