web analytics
September 1, 2015 / 17 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Israelis Go To Polls In Important Municipal Elections

JERUSALEM – As of Tuesday afternoon, election experts in Israel were tabulating ballots cast by millions of citizens in major municipalities across the country. Orthodox and Anglo voters were expected to play influential roles in the Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh outcomes.

In Modiin, Ra’anana, Tel Aviv and Petach Tikva, religious Israelis and English-speaking voters hoped to boost their influence by helping to elect new City Council members. They are projected to work closely with both new mayors and long-time incumbents.

In Jerusalem, the battle between incumbent independent Mayor Nir Barkat and the Shas-Yisrael Beiteinu party-backed candidate, Moshe Leon, was dominated by strong rhetoric and controversial maneuverings – including “blessings” from revered living and deceased rabbis – in efforts to attract voters. Israel’s TV news channels 2 and 10 reported that despite Shas leader Aryeh Deri’s best attempts to entice Sephardic religious Zionist and Ashkenazic haredi voters to vote for Leon (who was also backed by Yisrael Beiteinu head Avigdor Lieberman), many leading haredi rabbis quietly urged their constituencies to support Barkat.

Barkat, a self-made hi-tech multi-millionaire known for his brash political style, was backed by several senior Likud Party figures, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Culture & Sport Limor Livnat.

In Beit Shemesh, Orthodox American and secular voters were predicted to rally behind secular candidate Eli Cohen, who enjoyed the support of the Likud and Habayit Hayehudi parties. Haredi incumbent Mayor Moshe Abutbul has been heavily criticized for allowing a growing group of radical haredim, affiliated with the Neturei Karta and Eda Haredit factions in Jerusalem, to wreak havoc on the local population. During the past three years the radical group has instigated several violent incidents, which has drawn international headlines. The episodes have included the stoning of Chicago-born girls’ elementary school yeshiva student Na’ama Margolis on her way to school in 2011.

There are 43,000 haredim among Beit Shemesh’s 97,000 residents.

In Modiin, home to one of the fastest-growing American Jewish populations in Israel, the city’s Habayit Hayehudi slate was expected to receive enough votes from religious and English-speaking voters to become the city’s second largest City Council faction after Mayor Chaim Bibas’s independent slate. Bibas’s easy reelection was expected. The head of Modiin’s Habayit Hayehudi faction, Deputy Mayor Moshe Charlop, enjoys an excellent working relationship with Bibas and has played an integral role in helping English-speaking immigrants adjust to the city’s educational, cultural and religious ways.

Ra’anana, originally founded as an agricultural town by former New York residents over a century ago, experienced a bruising mayoral campaign. The incumbent, Nachum Hofri, faced former mayor and former MK Ze’ev Bielski of the Kadima Party.

Laborite Ron Huldai, the mercurial Mayor of Tel Aviv who enjoys the support of the business community, was expected to handily win a third term. In Petach Tikva, which is in the midst of a hi-tech and real-estate building boom, no less than four candidates representing various political and religious factions waged a spirited campaign to replace controversial Mayor Yitzchak Ohayon. A runoff election between the two leading candidates is expected.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Israelis Go To Polls In Important Municipal Elections”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9)
3 NYC Ds Disappoint Area Residents and Announce Support for Nuclear Iran Deal
Latest News Stories
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY-9)

THThree NYC Cong. Ds from heavily Jewish districts defied constituents, announcing support for Nuclear Iran Deal.

Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

An IDF soldier in the Yamam counter-terrorism unit was injured in one of the Jenin battles on Monday evening.

Rocket Crossing

In response to the IDF Jenin Operation, Gazan terrorists are threatening to launch rockets.

Ketziot Prison

Five administrative detainees in Ketziot Prison in the Negev desert started a hunger strike, according to the Israeli Prison Service.

The Celebrated European Clubs Will Clash in Two Games As Part of The 2015 Euroleague Basketball World Tour.

One IDF soldier is seriously wounded after Arab terrorists attacked IDF soldiers in a Jenin arrest operation.

Rep. Pompeo has received money from KochPAC, McDonald’s, the Snack Food Association PAC, FoodPAC, and Land ’O Lakes butter — but not a penny from AIPAC.

The death bed confessions of a former Nazi soldier revealed the whereabouts of the “Nazi train” which remained hidden for decades in tunnels in Poland and is thought to contain gold, art and other valuables.

The purpose of the talks was to find a way for Nahal Oz to grow potato seeds for Jamal from the Gaza Strip for the autumn season.

Obama knows how to capitalize on the bulk of American Jews, who want Israel to be a nice Jewish boy that doesn’t make them feel uncomfortable President Barack Obama declared that American Jews’ concerns are like those of Afro-Americans and other Americans, indicating that Israel is not one of those worries. He unsurprisingly chose the left-wing […]

Jerusalem Arabs on Monday returned to their masochistic hobby of throwing rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail trains that passes though the Arab Shuafat neighborhood. Wibndwos were shattered, but there were no injuries. If one tries to understand the reasoning for Arabs trying to disable the trains that serve the Arab population, the conclusion must […]

“It cannot be that in one moment of diplomacy, the reality is changed so completely.”

The management of the former death camp says there was no intention to remind people of the gas “showers.”

PM Netanyahu says he will beef up security in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria due to rising Arab violence.

ISIS destroys a new, majestic part of the Syrian UNESCO World Heritage site, Palmyra.

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has made an exciting announcement: A 2,000-year-old podium may have been found in the City of David section of the Old City of Jerusalem. A unique stepped structure exposed on the street ascending from the ‘Siloam Pool’ to the Temple Mount is raising questions among the researchers at IAA. The […]

More Articles from Steve K. Walz
: Israeli soldiers leave Gaza late Monday. A three-day cease-fire brokered by Egypt put an end, at least temporarily, to the fighting. See story, above.

As of Tuesday, all IDF forces operating in Gaza withdrew and redeployed to holding positions around Gaza.

Walz-080114-Map

The operation against the tunnels is a first and necessary step in the demilitarization of the Gaza Strip.

The sophisticated cement tunnels, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, were reportedly built with Qatari government funds.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation on Tuesday afternoon that if the rocket fire did not stop by Tuesday evening, he would order “an even harsher” military response.

“They were abducted and murdered in cold blood by human animals,” Netanyahu said shortly after the bodies were found.

Awad had been released as part of the Gilad Shalit kidnapping deal. Mizrachi’s widow, Hadas, told Israeli reporters that she had opposed the release of murderers as part of any kidnapping deal, and that Awad “deserved the death penalty so he wouldn’t kill again.”

If the abductors’ goal was to force Israeli authorities to release long-serving Palestinian prisoners, the effort backfired as Israeli forces are quickly rolling up what was left of Hamas in the West Bank and are reportedly contemplating the overthrow of the Hamas leadership in Gaza should harm come to the three teenagers.

Netanyahu brushed aside Lapid’s political threats, saying that he was either too politically inexperienced or unaware of the true nature of the peace negotiations with Abbas.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/government-israel/israelis-go-to-polls-in-important-municipal-elections/2013/10/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: