The polls show the mayoral race in Beit Shemesh, between the incumbent from the chareidi community, Mayor Moshe Abutbul, and the dati leumi challenger, Dr. Aliza Bloch, is neck and neck, Yediot Achronot reports on Tuesday, 23 Tishrei.
Last week, the candidates had to submit their lists ahead of the deadline and clearly, Aliza Bloch poses a threat to Abutbul, armed with support of both the Likud and Bayit Yehudi parties. Bloch is the Bayit Yehudi’s candidate and enjoys the backing of Likud too while Abutbul appears on the Degel Hatorah list, backed by the chareidi tzibur.
Abutbul is now looking at the Shlomei Emunim faction of Agudas Yisrael, realizing it may decide to take revenge against Degel Hatorah and Shas as they did not back its candidate in the Jerusalem mayoral race, Yossi Deutsch. If Shlomei Emunim wants to use the Beit Shemesh race to take revenge, it might back the Peleg Yerushalmi candidate, Rav Malachi Kitov, 34, instead of Abutbul. Such a reality could result in Bloch becoming the city’s next mayor.
Yediot reports there are 109,800 residents in Beit Shemesh, of which 64,163 are registered voters. This represents a 22.3% increase in population since 2012.
Written and published on Isru Chag Simchas Torah in Eretz Yisrael.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)