Statutory Nir Barkat approves Moshe Lion as Mayor of Jerusalem



Jerusalem candidate for Moshe Lion candidate was met on Wednesday by a flood of testimony from current mayor Nir Barkat, local Likud chapters and Jewish houses and several Likud ministers in the competition of Ofer Berkovitch.

Six days before Lion's departure against Berkowitz for the leadership of the capital, Barkat, who assaulted Lion after the feudal mayoral race in 2013, said he believes Lion is best suited for this position.

"From my close acquaintance with these two candidates and my work with a pair, I have no doubt that Moshe Lion is the best choice for Jerusalem," Barkat said Wednesday night.

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Barkat had previously backed Jerusalem Minister of Foreign Affairs Elgin, who was knocked out of the race after the first round of the election, which left him Tuesday with less than 20 percent of the votes. Lion led with 33%, followed by Berkovich to 29%, sent a couple to the second competition next week after no candidate received the required minimum of 40% of the vote.

Lion has the support of both Defense Ministers Avigdor Liberman and the ultra-orthodox faction Shas and a part of the United Torah Judaism, leading to accusations of behind-the-scenes political dexterity and trading at national level to put him in a position. This charge was largely led by Barkato during his tense 2013 race with the Lion when his campaign accused his then rival political "combination" or backdoor shop.

Even before Barkat's decision was formally announced, Berkovich, also a member of the city council, yesterday on Wednesday slammed the mayor of Jerusalem behind his face.

Ofer Berkovitch, a candidate for the mayor of Jerusalem and the Hitorethon movement (awakening), is seen on the launch of the Hitorert election campaign in Jerusalem on 2 September 2018. (Yonatan Sindel / Flash90)

"A man who has recently persuaded Jerusalem that he can not support the intervention [Shas Interior Minister Aryeh] Deri, [UTJ MK Moshe] Gafni and Liberman today threw Jerusalem under a bus on their way to Likud, "said Berkovitch, referring to the crazy Barkata campaign in 2013 that highlighted the long-standing connection between the left, Liberman and Deri.

Berkovich led the vanguard of the secularist side of Hitorer's side, and despite the years in Jerusalem city council, he fought as an outsider who was not traded by a political horse.

Berkovic also stressed in his statement that Lion, despite receiving the highest number of votes on Tuesday, did not achieve a single senate for his party (the electors elected the candidate for mayor and the list separately). Berkovic's Hitorerut Party won six seats at a 31-seat council. The Lion will need a special permit from the Interior Ministry to direct advice if elected mayor because he has no representation in the city government.

Earlier on Wednesday, local Likud localities and the Jewish Party also supported Lona.

Lewk is "the most suitable person for the mayor of Jerusalem," Likud said in his statement, adding that "the nationalist nationalist views of the members of Jerusalem coincide with ours." Likud's local office was reluctant to support Elkin, despite being tall – wait for Minister Likuda, who is mild.

He told the Jewish House that the Jerusalem Council member Chagit Moshe had announced that the Orthodox right-wing party would be with Lion.

"After many reflections and interviews with two mayor candidates, we have decided that Moshe Lion is the most suitable candidate for the mayor of Jerusalem," Moshe said in his statement. "Moshe Lion is a candidate with managerial experience and the ability to manage such a large, complex and important city."

The Likud ministers Tzachi Hanegbi and Yariv Levin also made video clips on Wednesday to support the lion.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also announced who will support the candidate after losing Elkin. In 2013, Netanyahu sent 43 letters of support to all candidates who supported Likud for local positions nationwide except for one: Lev.

Lion thanked the parties and Barkat for their support on Wednesday.

The accountant and former Chief Executive Officer of Netanyahu, Lion, has the support of most of the ultra-Orthodox community in the city.

The Hasidic faction, Agudath Yisrael, who ran his first candidate, Deputy Mayor Yossi Deitch, was also to announce who he would support Wednesday night.

Jerusalem next Tuesday from 1 am to 10 pm will go to the second round of voting to determine your next mayor.

This report was contributed by Israel's time employees.


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