Lost in the gallery

Barkat is under increasing pressure from different parts of his coalition who pull him simultaneously to the Left and Right.

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April 13, 2017 15:46
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Arieh King

Jerusalem councilman Arieh King. (photo credit: FACEBOOK)

 
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