Nir Barkat flip-flops, endorses Moshe Lion in Jerusalem mayoral race

Agudat Yisrael will reportedly follow suit and endorse the candidate.

November 7, 2018 20:05
1 minute read.
Moshe Lion (L) and Ofer Berkotich (R)

Moshe Lion (L) and Ofer Berkotich (R). (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The Jerusalem mayoral campaign of city councilman Ofer Berkovitch launched a preemptive strike against current mayor Nir Barkat on Wednesday, alleging that he will soon endorse councilman Moshe Lion in next Tuesday’s run-off race.

In the first round of voting, Barkat supported Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who finished third. Barkat spoke negatively about both candidates throughout the race, calling Berkovitch a “charlatan” and Lion “a puppet of Shas leader Arye Deri and Yisrael Beytenu chair - man Avigdor Liberman.”

The Jerusalem weekly Kol Ha’ir reported on Wednesday morning that Barkat would endorse Lion within a matter of hours. Barkat’s spokesman denied the report, but that did not stop Berkovitch’s campaign from issuing a strongly worded response.

“Nir Barkat has proven that he is an incorrigible cynic,” the campaign said. “The man who tried to persuade Jerusalemites not to give a hand to the dirty Deri-Liberman deal is now throwing Jerusalemites under a bus. For his own political interests in Likud, he is ready to sacrifice the city’s future.”

Berkovitch said he worked hand in hand with Barkat to advance the city as his deputy mayor, but that now Barkat had changed and become controlled by political hacks.

Lion’s spokeswoman also denied the report. But she did send out official endorsements Lion received Wednesday from Likud ministers Tzachi Hanegbi and Yariv Levin, former minister Gideon Sa’ar and the Likud’s Jerusalem branch.

“The nationalist outlook of Lion fits with ours,” the Likud’s Jerusalem branch said in its endorsement. “Lion is from the nationalist camp and is the most fit person to lead the city.”

But Berkovitch’s associates sent a clip of Barkat saying recently that “Moshe Lion is not part of the nationalist camp.”

Related Content

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting in the Knesset before the vote on Knesset dispersal.
June 18, 2019
Who’s running the show in Israel between elections? An explainer


Cookie Settings