Capital challenge

Nir Barkat’s departure has sparked a mayoral race rich with candidates, rivalries and schisms that reflect Jerusalem’s social disjointedness, and the hegemonic Right’s internal rifts.

September 6, 2018 17:39
A man blows a shofar during mayoral candidate Nir Barkat’s visit to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market

A man blows a shofar during mayoral candidate Nir Barkat’s visit to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market on November 6, 2008. (photo credit: BAZ RATNER/REUTERS)


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“JERUSALEM IS one city, indivisible,” prime minister Menachem Begin wrote US president Jimmy Carter in September 1978, in a letter famously annexed to the Camp David Accords.

True or not, that indivisibility pertained to the city’s diplomatic status. Politically, the capital approaches next month’s municipal election divided as it never was, with a plethora of mayoral candidates wrestling to succeed Nir Barkat, who after two five-year terms decided to transition to national politics.


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