TUNIS – Jerusalem is assembled for the departure of a mayor between secular and religious candidates who have turned an incredible battle over power and influence in the holy city.
Moshe Lion, the business of Israel's business, asked essential support from the New Yorker who is going out at Nir Barkat and the Orthodox Jewish Home party, giving her chances of becoming the next city's mayor.
"I think the election of Moshe Lion in the second round means a choice of Jerusalem and that's why I decide to support it," said Barkat, a member of Likud and finished before Lion in the 2013 racing race. "With Moshe Lion, Jerusalem will succeed. "
Lion, Orthodox Jew who is popular with religious Zionists, has already received the support of much of the influential Orthodox community community and the relationship of Jerusalem Avigdor Lieberman. He will face the secular candidate Ofer Berkovitch in the final of November 13 after any candidate receives at least 40% of the vote in the first round to win completely.
Lion, by himself "unifying", promises to regenerate the economy of Jerusalem, stretch out to Palestinians and encourage young people to stay in the city.
Berkovitch's campaigns on a platform that focuses on economic development, infrastructure and education. He has emphasized the importance of "tolerance" and "coexistence".
"I am the only candidate who is committed to the interest of Jerusalem and not Lieberman or [ultra-Orthodox leader Aryeh] Deri or mid Likud, "said Berkovitch in a recent rally.
The race for the mayor of Jerusalem, a key situation in Israeli politics, drew attention to fierce divisions in the country's secular camp and political barriers for the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, whose candidate, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ze & 39; ev Elkin, defeated in the first round of poll.
Elkin, a constant supporter and sympathy of Netanyahu's close, third with 20% of the ballot, ended up saying that Netanyahu's influence could be waning, analysts said.
"He (Netanyahu) has confirmed Likud's Ze Ev Evin's only late in the race and half-encouraging but Elkin did not even do it to the second round," he wrote Israel's author Akiva Eldar at Al-Monitor. "The defeat of Elkin's minor – the minister of the affairs of Jerusalem and the former close-up of Netanyahu – as well as the shot deals with the likes of Likud in the city city – who only won one seat – shows that Netanyahu's support is not necessarily adequate. "
Elder added: "Netanyahu may lose his magic touch. There is no city that Netanyahu's political and personal identity has to connect closer to a hometown of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel."
Netanyahu has been combined with a corruption scandal involving members of an inner circle, including his wife and cousin. It has been repeatedly asked about allegations of pollution and analysts warning that indictment could be short.
After Elkin's shock defeated, the local branch of the Likud party came out to support the Lion, stating his national opinion strongly. Elkin abstained from approving the candidate or the other.
Berkovitch said "contingency" said Lion had engaged with ultra-Orthodox and Barkat leaders to pursue power.
"All [Lion’s] voters are a big political deal and has no public legality to lead Jerusalem, "said Berkovitch." We will win … We will win from below. We're going to defeat the sellers. We will win because the Jerusalem understands what their politicians could not yet understand. "
Despite losing out on key approvals, Berkovitch has a stronger stronger base in Jerusalem than Lion, whose strong party fails to pick up a single seat on the city council.
If it is an elected mayor, Lew would need relief from the Inland Ministry of the country to oversee the council.
Palestinian residents, who are frustrated by increasing Israeli settlements and poor infrastructure, are largely flagged by the majesty race, which they say legalize a system under which it has marginalized and being undermined.
"I'm not prepared to know the political rules of the game and to recognize or legalize Israeli occupation," said Rami Nasrallah, general director of the International Peace and International Cooperation Center, said.
Aziz Abu Sarah, the only Palestinian candidate not to call for the post, dropped out of the racial race in the month before the first round of elections after questioning his residential status.
"It's apparent that there are two party political party groups hoping to maintain the current situation and they will not give it up to stop progress," he said on Twitter.