Arieh King, a candidate for mayor and city council in the Jerusalem municipal elections called for what he called equal treatment for both eastern and western neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva news he complained about a lack of infrastructure in periphery areas such as post offices, bus service, parks, garbage pick-up and other facilities. "It needs to be easier to convince people to move to so-called Arab areas. Today they are not so welcoming. We want to equal the budgeting the government authorities spend in the downtown and western areas as they do in the east. In four or five years after we get into city council, eastern Jerusalem will be a place where both tourists and residents will feel comfortable to visit and to live." He complained that under the current administration lead by Mayor Nir Barkat, there has been a lack on investment in favor of large downtown cultural events.
King is a resident of the Mount of Olives neighborhood on the east side of Jerusalem. His party, the Outlying Neighborhoods List, is advocating for regions in the east, south and north of the city.
Elections for mayor and city council for most Israeli cities take place on October 22nd. Other candidates in Jerusalem are the current mayor Nir Barkat and the former head of the Jerusalem Development Authority Moshe Lion.