WATCH: Bnei Brak Mayor Compares Ramat Gan Mayor To “Pharaoh” At Panel Discussion


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A panel discussion addressing the nationwide housing shortage escalated into a fiery exchange of words between Bnei Brak Mayor Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein and Ramat Gan Mayor Shema HaCohen.

During ‘The Marker’ sponsored panel discussion, Rubinstein referred to a statement made by HaCohen before the panel discussion began, when he said “The chareidim in the city pose a strategic threat”.

In response, during the panel discussion, Rubinstein told HaCohen, “Pharaoh also said “Pen Yifrotz” (פו יפרוץ), leading to a response, “Shame on you, calling a Jew Pharaoh? You should be ashamed!”

Then, HaCohen got up and left the panel, walking out as he uttered “you remain with this man”, to which Rubinstein replied, “The chareidim represent a strategic threat? You should be ashamed!”

Mayor HaCohen has been in the news of late, as he is working to promote a secular agenda, including public buses running on Shabbos.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Pointing out that someone’s comments are similar in nature and content to Paro’s is a perfectly legitimate point to make (assuming, of course, that it is an accurate comparison). It’s not ‘name calling’. What’s more, if he doesn’t like the comparison — then perhaps that should be cause for him to take a step back and take stalk of the content and tenor of what he is saying.