Jerusalem: Elderly Join with Mayor Barkat Against the Chareidim


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Israel’s Histadrut HaGimla’im Union representing the nation’s elderly has announced it stands firmly at the side of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat against the chareidi community in the upcoming elections for the chief rabbis of the capital.

In his letter to the mayor, the organization’s leader, Gideon Ben-Yisrael, a former Labor Party MK, he offers the services of his organization in the ongoing battle against the chareidim. The two, Ben-Yisrael and the mayor, are expected to meet in the coming days.

Interestingly, the chareidi media routinely labels the mayor as “anti-chareidi”, citing this as another example of his anti-chareidi policies, but rarely is mention made of the fact that the chareidim accept no responsibly for the failed election bid by R’ Meir Porush and the sinas chinam that closed the doors of City Hall in his face, portraying the outcome of the Jerusalem mayoral election as if it were an Heavenly decree.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. This article is wrong about who spoiled Porush’s bid for mayor. It wasn’t the charedim’s fault.

    Look at Lopolianski. Even with all the charedi parties supporting him, he still needed large support from the non-charedi voters to get elected. He got it.

    Porush never stood a chance of getting votes from non-charedim. Even if all the Charedim had lined up behind him ish echad b’lev echad he would not have been elected.

    Porush did not have electability among the non-charedim, and because of that he was doomed to fail anyway. Every single poll predicted the same thing, and the results of the vote were exactly in line with their predictions: he flopped among people that had yes voted for Lopolianski.