Party officials are working to reach an agreement between Agudas Yisrael and Degel HaTorah regarding the United Torah Judaism deputy mayor slot in Jerusalem.
It appears that based on a 5763 agreement between the two factions, each has found a relevant clause proving the first deputy mayoral position goes to their faction. Yehoshua Pollack of the Porush family’s Shlomei Emunim faction (Agudah) states there can be no question that the first deputy appointment goes to Agudah as per the agreement between the two factions.
Pollack adds that he has no doubt that once they sit and he explains his reasoning, the other side will agree as well. He added that on the chance this is not the case, he is willing to take the matter to an arbitrator.
That being the case, the sides met on Thursday night and no agreement was made. The Degel leaders were no convinced that Agudah gets the deputy slot. Time is running out however, and they are expected to present the mayor with their decision on Sunday, when Mayor Nir Barkat expects to announce his administration.
Both factions have agreed to present the matter before rabbinical arbitrators for a final decision.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)