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  10/9/2013, Cheshvan 5, 5774

Rabbi Eliyahu Declines to Endorse Jerusalem Candidates


The influential Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat and a son of the late Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu declined to endorse either candidate in the race for mayor of Jerusalem. In an interview with Arutz Sheva, he stated,   as a rabbi I'm not supposed to be involved in politics." He explained that a publication stated he endorsed a specific candidate but that it was a mistake of the graphic artist. "I hope it has been corrected," the rabbi stated.

He said that both incumbent Mayor Nir Barkat and Moshe Lion, former head of the Jerusalem Development Authority were both good candidates, adding that he was personally not a resident of Jerusalem and thus not eligible to vote. 

In related news, a representative of the United Jerusalem party which is running for city council said that they had a letter from Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu which praised the work of candidate Arieh King for his past work with the Israel Land Fund. The fund has helped in land disputes in both Tzfat and Jerusalem. The party also said that Rabbanit Tzvia Eliyahu hosted United Jerusalem candidates in her home and praised their work.