Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Lion vowed to remove the eastern Jerusalem portfolio from the Meretz party. "One of my first acts as mayor will be to take away the east Jerusalem municipal portfolio from the hands of Meretz. This portfolio was given by Mayor Nir Barkat to Meir Margalit of Meretz, who adamantly stands against Israeli sovereignty over the Green Line. It is absolutely absurd that a person who rejects Israel’s presence in more than half of Jerusalem is in charge of what happens there,” he commented.
Margalit is a founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and has served on city council since 2008 and previously from 1998 - 2002. His party has been in the forefront of advocating for a two-state solution which ostensibly could result in a Palestinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital. Elections are scheduled for October 22nd.