Municipal elections
Municipal electionsYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The counting of the votes in the runoffs of the municipal elections concluded late Sunday night.

The elections were held in 35 localities where none of the candidates obtained at least 40% of the votes in the first round.

Data from the Ministry of the Interior found that the voter turnout in the runoff was 46.1%.

The voter turnout in Beit Shemesh is 60.7%, in Kiryat Gat - 53.1%, in Rehovot - 47.7%, Pardes Hanna-Karkur - 45.8%, Ness Ziona - 42.5%, Ramla - 40.3% and in Haifa the voter turnout was 28.6%.

Beit Shemesh:

Candidate Shmuel Greenberg, who was backed by all the haredi parties in the city, won 58.7% of the votes and defeated incumbent Mayor Aliza Bloch, who won 41.3%.


Yair Chetboun defeated former MK Oren Hazan, after winning 62.9% compared to 37.1% won by Hazan.


Matan Dil won 59.3% of the votes, defeating Zohar Blum received 40.7%.


Former mayor Yona Yahav won 62.6% of the votes and defeated David Etzioni, who won 37.4%.

Etzioni conceded defeat and said, "This is just the beginning of our journey together for the future of the city of Haifa. I want to first of all thank my wife and my dear family for their support all along. Thank you to the thousands of activists and the tens of thousands of residents who chose to go to the polls and vote for me. I congratulate Yona Yahav from and wish him success in his position and in unifying the ranks in the city of Haifa."

Yahav gave a victory speech on Sunday night and said, "The era of disconnect between the city of Haifa and the government is over, from now on we work together. Haifa needs to prepare well for any scenario, including war, we will defeat Nasrallah. I will unite all parts of the city, Jews and Arabs, who refuse to be enemies."


Incumbent Mayor Oded Revivi, who won 46.7% of the votes, was defeated by Dovi Shefler, who won 53.3%.