Shortly after police recommended filing criminal charges against Modi’in Illit Mayor Yaakov Gutterman, Degel HaTorah officials began looking ahead, at the day after, seeking to find a suitable replacement.
According to the Kikar Shabbat report, “rumors” point to Rabbi Yaakov Wallenstein, the deputy mayor and one who is close to Maran Rav Elyashiv Shlita. Another name being considered in Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz, a former Bnei Brak mayor and a man credited with extricating the city from a dire financial situation.
While aides to Gutterman explain they remain optimistic, senior Degel officials seem to believe the case against the mayor is a solid one, prompting their decision to begin seeking a suitable replacement.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)