The game is afoot

The haredi leadership is still obliged to Moshe Lion as their candidate for the next mayor, but – and this is a big “but” – this is true only if Mayor Nir Barkat doesn‘t run for a third term.

November 15, 2017 21:22
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The Haredi leadership is still officially obliged to Moshe Lion... but only if Mayor Nir Barkat does

The Haredi leadership is still officially obliged to Moshe Lion... but only if Mayor Nir Barkat doesn’t run for a third term. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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A year before the next city council and mayoral elections, the political atmosphere in the city is heating up. In the haredi sector, the first signs of the profound change in this community became apparent in the last elections in 2013, when, for the first time in the history of their participation in the elections, there were two separate opposing lists for the Ashkenazi haredi sector, in addition to a separate list for the Shas sector. Sources in the haredi sector say that this trend is likely to accelerate to the point that we might see two separate candidates for the position of mayor.

“Strong and accepted spiritual leadership has united this sector for decades, but there is no such leadership today. The usual phenomenon of masses of haredim obeying one rabbi’s dictum for whom to vote no longer exists,” explains an observer of the haredi sector.


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