The winding road

Supporting Moshe Lion is crucial for a large part of the haredi leadership.

September 26, 2018 15:17
3 minute read.
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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Like a guillotine’s blade, the decision of Degel Hatorah (the Litvak part of the United Torah Judaism Party) fell on Jerusalem deputy mayor Yossi Daitch, sharp and painful. Less than an hour before Yom Kippur started, Daitch was informed the rabbinical leadership of Degel decided not to support his candidacy, but to support Moshe Lion, a decision which meant he couldn’t run. But Daitch surprised his sector and other candidates, and announced that even such a blow wouldn’t prevent him from fulfilling his dream: to become Jerusalem’s next mayor.

The Litvaks, who are the majority of the haredi sector, have been divided for the past few years, from when 10,000 of them joined the “Peleg Yerushalmi” sect founded by the late Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach. The sect opposes all plans to allow yeshiva students to study in universities or serve in the IDF.


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