Jerusalem mayoral candidate Rabbi Aryeh Deri, a former senior minister and Shas Party leader, has released statements that he intends to run in the mayoral race if the legalities involved do not prevent him from doing so. Deri told the press that his record is testimony that “Chilonim can rest easy,” assuring the people that if elected, he will continue in his path of moderation, and he will be a mayor true to all voters, chareidi and otherwise, including Arabs and ‘chilonim’.
Deri in the past enjoyed widespread support among Arab voters, having done much for the Arab sector during his years in the Interior Ministry. He also enjoys a significant support base among Jerusalem’s Dati Leumi sector, and he is confident that if permitted to run, the non-frum will also judge him by his past performance, serving all the people, not just chareidim.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)