The candidate for the mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, met on Wednesday with a flood of support from the incumbent mayor Nir Barkat, a local branch of the Likud party and the Jewish home, and several Likud ministers, in a blow to the rival, Ofer Berkovitch.
Six days before the canoeing trip that defeated Lewa against Berkovitch to take over the capital, Barkat – who defeated Lion after the hot bourgeoisie in 2013 – said he believed that Lion was best suited to this position.
"With my close friendships with two candidates and my work with a couple, I have no doubt that Moshe Lion is the best choice for Jerusalem," Barkat said in a statement Wednesday night.
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Barkat had previously supported the minister of intravenous affairs, Ze & # 39; ev Elkin, who was eliminated from the race after the first round of voting last Tuesday, left him with less than 20 percent of votes. Lion commanded from 33%, followed by Berkovitch at 29%, sending a pair to the second competition next week after no single candidate reached the required minimum of 40% of the votes.
Lion enjoys the support of defense minister Avigdor Liberman and the ultra-orthodox faction of Shas and parts of Judaism united Torah, which leads to accusations of behind-the-scenes political circles and dealing at national level to secure his position. This charge was largely led by Barkat during his harsh 2013 race against the Lion, when his campaign accused his rival of a political "combina" or backdoor contract.
Even before Barkat's decision was officially announced, Berkovitch, also a member of the city council, earlier on Wednesday slammed the mayor of Jerusalem for his gossip.
"A man who convinced Jerusalem not so long ago that he can not support the backdoor agreement [Shas Interior Minister Aryeh] Deri, [UTJ MK Moshe] Gafni and Liberman threw Jerusalem out of the bus on their way to Likud, "said Berkovitch, referring to the 2013 Barkat campaign, which emphasized the long-term relationship between Lw, Liberman and Deri.
Berkovitch commanded the avant-garde of the lay flank of the city with his Hitorerut party, and yet in the years of Jerusalem the council of the city of Jerusalem ran a campaign as an outsider that was not controlled by political trade in horses.
In his statement Berkovitch also stressed that Lion, although he won the most votes last Tuesday, did not manage to win a single place for his party (voters choose the candidate for the mayor and separately). Hitorerut Berkovitch's party won six seats in the 31-member council. Lion will need a special permission from the Ministry of the Interior to give advice if he is elected mayor because he has no representation in the city government.
Earlier, on Wednesday, local chapters of Likud and Jewish Home on Wednesday also supported Lion for this task.
The lion is "the most appropriate person for the mayor of Jerusalem," said Likud in a statement, adding that "the nationalistic views of the Jerusalem council are connected with ours". The local Likud office had earlier refrained from supporting Elkin, despite the fact that he was high -Level Likud minister, in the insignificant one.
From the Jewish Home, a member of the Jerusalem Council, Chagit Moshe, he announced that the Orthodox Orthodox party would ally with the Lion.
"After many reflections and talks with two candidates for the mayor, we decided that Moshe Lion is the most suitable candidate for the mayor of Jerusalem," said Moshe in a statement. "Moshe Lion is a candidate with managerial experience and the ability to manage such a large, complex and important city".
Minibars Likud Tzachi Hanegbi and Yariv Levin also release films with support for Lew on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not yet announced which candidate will support after Elkin's loss. In 2013, Netanyahu sent 43 letters of support to all candidates supported by Likud for local positions throughout the country, with the exception of only one: Lion.
On Wednesday, the lion thanked the various parties and Barkat for their support.
As an accountant and former CEO of the Prime Minister Office at Netanyahu, Lion supports the majority of the ultra-Orthodox community in the city.
A group of Hasidim from Israel, who led their own candidate – deputy mayor Yossi Deitch – was also to announce in the first round who to support on Wednesday night.
Jerusalemites next Tuesday, from 1 pm. until 22.00, will go to the second round of voting in order to determine its next mayor.
The employees of the magazine from Israel contributed to this report.