Moshe Lion was a mayor of Jerusalem on Tuesday following a dramatic turning that saw him reach the Ofer Berkovich secular attacker throughout the night by as much as 10 percent before a late surge that saw him to declare the winner by some 6,000 votes or a majority of 3% soon after 1 am
Lion, 57, replaces the mayor who leaves Nir Barkat, who spent two seasons running, starting in 2008.
"I will be the mayor of all the citizens of Jerusalem," Lion told fans in the morning in a morning in a feast hall in Talpiot's industrial zone in his first speech as a mayor. "Those who have chosen me and those who did not. Now it's time to take action. We face challenges in this incredible city."
Lion is a former general director of the Office of the Prime Minister, the Chair of the Israeli Railways, and the head of the Jerusalem Development Authority, and a member of the City of Jerusalem Council. This is the second time he was running in the urban elections of Jerusalem after losing to Barkat in 2013.
Berkovich, an independent candidate who established the Awakening in Jerusalem, said his legal advisers would look at inconsistencies in the ballot. The votes of soldiers and prisoners have not yet counted.
Lion was elected despite fighting last trench from the secular and national religious communities who supported Berkovich in an attempt to keep control of the Holy City from the Upper Orthodox.
Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages decided not to support one of the candidates, but Shas and Degel Hatorah supported the United Arab League Torah party squad, turning the way to victory. Lion also enjoyed the support of the Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.
The secular citizens and the uprising of Jerusalem have struggled for years over the influence of religion in the city, leading to cultural battles for entertainment places open on the Sabbath, opening of new secular schools and nursery nurseries and gay pride deaths in the middle of city.
A population of 850,000 from Jerusalem comprises about 200,000 secular Jewish Israeli, 350,000 Orthodox Jews and 300,000 Palestinians who were bicycle extensively in Israeli elections.
Originally, the first round of municipal elections on October 30 consisted of five original applicants, including Ev Elkin's current government environmental protection and minister of affairs in Jerusalem, who lost despite receiving the support of the First Minister Netanyahu. Elkin received 19.8% of the votes, which Moshe Lion won 33.3% of votes, Ofer Berkovitch, 28.8% of votes, Yossi Daitch, Ashkenazi Haredi candidate, 17.2% of Votes and former councilor Barkat, Avi Salman, which is 0.8% of votes. Every township, where a candidate did not exceed 40 per cent of the vote in the first round, went to a second round of voting.
Apart from Jerusalem, 55 boroughs and nearly two million people went to the second round on Tuesday. In Ramat Gan, the owner of the Mayor of Israel Zinger was defeated by former Likud MK Carmel Shama Cohen. In Rishon Lezion, the fourth largest city in Israel's owner, mayor of Dov Tzur, was lost to Raz Kinestalich and in Gush Etzion, Moshe Seville's head of council, Shlomo Ne.