Municipal Elections: The long and winding road

A look behind the scenes into the political life of Jerusalem.

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July 25, 2018 20:02
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YOSSI DAITCH

YOSSI DAITCH. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
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Tuesday night could win the legendary title of “A Hard’s Day Night” in the ongoing saga of the municipal elections campaign. At 12 midnight, the members of the Agudat Israel Council met in a small apartment in Geula to decide about the request of deputy mayor Yossi Daitch (Slonim Hassidic) to allow him to run for mayor.

For Daitch, it was the peak of a long and tortuous path, since he had announced – unofficially until then – his intention to run for the position. The haredi (ultra-Orthodox) news sites broadcast the meeting live – an unprecedented case – with Daitch’s emotional speech in front of the 10 members of the council, trying to convince them that the time was ripe for another haredi mayor for Jerusalem. And to top it all off, that he is the best person to conduct this endeavor.

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