News Brief 10/24/2013, Cheshvan 20, 5774
Renewed Calls to Split Beit Shemesh
The hotly contested municipal elections in the city of Beit Shemesh have sparked renewed calls to split the city in two, Channel 10 reports.
Incumbent candidate Moshe Abutbul won the elections, which some had framed as a final decision regarding the city’s future. Some opponents of Abutbul, who is hareidi-religious, had expressed fear that his victory would mean the continuation of extremist hareidi violence in certain neighborhoods of the city.