Degel Locked in Beit Shemesh Coalition Talks


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abutbulBeit Shemesh Deputy Mayor (Degel Hatorah) R’ Shmuel Greenberg told Ladaat that coalition talks with Mayor R’ Moshe Abutbul have hit a dead end. “We cannot know what is going to happen. We are more or less looking to copy the appointments of the outgoing administration, which means we are demanding a deputy mayor post, the planning & building portfolio, in addition to another portfolio for the third representative” Greenberg told Ladaat.

He adds Agudas Yisrael has made the same demands from the mayor, leading to a dead end.

While Greenberg is hopeful the situation will be resolved in a day or two, he admits it can take a week or longer as well.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. besmart: I live in Bet Shemesh too, and you’re completely wrong. Mayor Abutbul has done plenty to raise the Torah environment in our city. If you’re looking at it from an American perspective, that things have to be sparkling clean, etc., then yes, you can make the comment you just did. But if you’re looking at your Aliya as an Aliya b’Ruchniyus, then you should perhaps reconsider your priorities.

    Before the elections, someone from the Eli Cohen camp asked me to vote for Cohen. I said, “Fine, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll vote for Cohen, and you and I will go to the movies together on Friday night.”

  2. Kind of interesting – the Chareidi parties do NOT have a majority in the city council, but still feel they’re “entitled” to certain positions.

    Vukovicher – Why is it that a Shomer Torah uMitzvos mayor can’t keep things sparkling clean? Are we like medieval Christians, who believed that dirt was a sign of G-dliness? When voting for mayor, I want someone who will ensure that the trash is picked up and the streets clean – and if he’s Frum too, so much the better. If he fails in his basic duties of managing the city, he has no business being mayor.

    an Israeli Yid

  3. Vuckovicher – your post # 9 is a blatant falsehood. This calumny that “Eli Cohen will bring public transport and entertainment on Shabbos to Beit Shemesh” is a lie that was spread by supporters of the Abutbul campaign. “Midvar Sheker Tirchak” applies even when there’s a political campaign going on…

    an Israeli Yid

  4. Besmart:
    do i understand correctly that between ost #1 and post #7 you have left Bet Shemesh?
    if as you state 1000 families have put their houses up for sale i wish them good luck in managing to sell for a decent price… with a byers market like that they are going to be in serious trouble.

    #2 Not Anonymous:
    do you think if the shoe was on the other foot and Mr Cohen had won the elections he would offer the deputy mayorship to a chareidi party? (and I dont mean someone from Tov)

    the coalition is going to be made up of 3 shas, 3 degel, 2 aguda, 1 kehilos, Mr Blayish and anyone else who wishes to be a part of building this wonderful city.
    If Messers Motti and Eli Cohen are willing to stop beating the war drums they will also be part of the coalition and will get portfolios (albiet neither building nor religion)

    I’m sure that our chareidi reps realise that they have to share with each other and the rest of the city and we can get back to buiding the city together

  5. I hear that a lot of daati and chiloni families are moving out of Beit Shemesh. This means its a buyers market. And since new daati and chilonis are certainly not moving in, not only will it increase the chareidi proportion of the city but the new chareidim will be getting sweet deals buying out the leaving daati and chilonim.

  6. I am really excited to hear about 1,000 new apartments for sale! We are in the market to buy in RBS (we currently rent here), and have been reading all the real estate ads for over a year. Housing prices are a fortune here, and 1,000 new homes will really make things better. Where are they being advertised? We haven’t seen too many new homes for sale in any of the ads lately. (We are looking for something with at least 4 to 5 rooms)Thanks!

  7. mully, a lot of the modern crowd is planning on moving out over the next 12-18 months. The exodus will probably begin in a month or two. Give it a little time and the real estate market in the city will collapse and you’ll be able to buy at bargain basement prices.