The Tel Aviv District Court rejected, Monday, a petition by Chairman Itzik Moshe of the Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home-New National Religious Party) council in Jerusalem for recognition by two party-court judges of the results of an election by the council for the party's ballot in the October city-council elections. Judge Gid'on Ginat criticized Moshe for cancelling a subsequent party-court session at which he could have spoken on the merits of the case.
The ruling was seen as a victory for the list of party chairman Naftali Bennett. The party said, in a statement, "This is no time for victory parties, even if we are happy about the outcome, and we should not blame the branch for the legal process even if it was unnecessary. We now need to work together for victory in the elections - that's what matters. The party did not win today. All Jewish Home voters won." The statement concluded, "The Jerusalem list will be a great list."