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In our high-speed digital era, one little inadvertent push of a smartphone button can lead to a political scandal. This is exactly what happened earlier this week, when the rapid spread of a recorded conversation between candidate Moshe Lion and a senior assistant to Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ruined – in a few seconds – Liberman’s efforts to conceal his backing of Lion for the municipal elections.Moshe Lion is becoming the tragic hero of this campaign as, day by day, his position as the leading candidate for mayor is being nibbled at by a growing list of new candidates, some of them building their campaign on the same sources and parties of this city’s right-wing activists. While Lion is not the official representative of any political party, his roots are clearly in the right-wing sector. But, unlike what he may have planned, his position in that sector is far from being one of strength. On top of this, with the growing hesitation from the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) sector to continue to back him and consider him as their representative, his margin of support is narrowing daily.