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Beit Shemesh moves forward

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Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 9:45 am

In Israel’s municipal elections last week, the city of Beit Shemesh narrowly voted out its two-term mayor, Moshe Abutbul. In doing so, it ended eight years of confused and corrupt governance, and ushered in what we hope will be a new era that seeks to integrate the city’s insular haredi Orthodox community into the larger objectives of organized government rather that surrendering to its members’ outbursts and demands. 

The race pitted the very aggressive and fast-growing haredi population in the city’s southern Ramat Beit Shemesh enclaves against virtually everyone else. Its victor, Aliza Bloch, had the backing of Israel’s secular and religious Zionist parties. The result may be the last best chance to get Beit Shemesh back on a more even keel. 

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