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News and updates about municipal elections

In first: Haredi mayor elected to head Tzfat

Shas candidate Yossi Kakon defeats incumbent Shuki Ohana, winning 52.2% of the vote. 'We are brothers, and we will work together for the benefit of all the city's residents.'

In first: Haredi mayor elected to head Tzfat

Who will be Israel's new mayors and governors?

The polling stations in local authority elections closed and counting has begun. The voter turnout, without the “double envelopes” which contain the votes of IDF soldiers and reservists, is 49%.

Who will be Israel's new mayors and governors?

Israel holding municipal elections

Over 11,000 polling stations will operate in 242 municipalities across the country. Voting among soldiers and reservists began already last week.

Israel holding municipal elections

American-born Rabbi enters Jerusalem municipal races

Rabbi Haim Pear explains how he hopes to represent Jerusalem's immigrant population following the upcoming municipal elections in Israel's capital.

American-born Rabbi enters Jerusalem municipal races

Elections in most local authorities will be held on January 30

Elections in most local authorities will be held at the end of January after being postponed due to the war.

Elections in most local authorities will be held on January 30

Religious party's elections banners vandalized in Rishon Lezion

Vandals scrawl, 'death to the religious,' and, 'murderers,' on elections banners in Rishon Lezion.

Religious party's elections banners vandalized in Rishon Lezion

Crime families threatening about 20 mayoral candidates

Officials fear that in these Arab localities, the freedom of choice could be harmed during the municipal elections that are set for October,

Crime families threatening about 20 mayoral candidates

Mayoral candidate attacks city's religious Zionist community

Former Ramla Mayor Yoel Lavi who is running again attacked the Garin Torani religious Zionist community in his city.

Mayoral candidate attacks city's religious Zionist community

Arab candidate for Jerusalem mayor promises to fight racism

Walid Abu Tayeh, aiming to be first Arab elected to position of Jerusalem mayor, claims to represent city's Arabs, promises to fight racism.

Arab candidate for Jerusalem mayor promises to fight racism

Yamina forming municipal front with Jewish Home

Ready itself for the next elections, Yamina party is working to shore up its voter base, install its own mayors & local councillors.

Yamina forming municipal front with Jewish Home

Loser of Jerusalem mayoral election analyzes the loss

Jerusalem mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch expresses disappointment over fact that many residents of Jerusalem did not vote in runoff.

Loser of Jerusalem mayoral election analyzes the loss

Incumbent council head wins in Gush Etzion

Shlomon Ne'eman, who was first elected to lead the Gush Etzion Regional Council only a year and a half ago, wins 56% of the votes.

Incumbent council head wins in Gush Etzion

Moshe Lion elected as mayor of Jerusalem

Moshe Lion leads Ofer Berkovitch by 3%, or 6,000 votes, in Jerusalem mayoral race. Incumbent Shlomo Ne’eman wins in Gush Etzion.

Moshe Lion elected as mayor of Jerusalem

Barkat endorses Moshe Lion for mayor of Jerusalem

Outgoing Jerusalem Mayor endorses Moshe Lion in runoff to be held on Tuesday.

Barkat endorses Moshe Lion for mayor of Jerusalem

Beit Shemesh: 'Waking up to a new reality'

Beit Shemesh resident shares feelings on morning of Aliza Bloch's mayoral victory.

Beit Shemesh: 'Waking up to a new reality'

Regev supports Leon in second round

'Jerusalemites voted for Moshe Leon. I have no doubt he'll preserve Jerusalem's interests as the united capital of Israel.'

Regev supports Leon in second round

PA cabinet opposes elections in Jerusalem

PA cabinet spokesman praises Jerusalem Arabs who did not vote in the mayoral and municipal elections.

PA cabinet opposes elections in Jerusalem

History in Beit Shemesh

Counting of soldiers' votes finds Dr. Aliza Bloch has defeated incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul and will be the city's first female mayor.

History in Beit Shemesh

Haifa elects first woman mayor

Einat Kalisch-Rotem defeats incumbent mayor Yona Yahav to become the first woman mayor of Haifa, with 55 percent of the vote.

Haifa elects first woman mayor

Ousted Nahariya Mayor slams voters as 'ingrates'

Jackie Sabag defeated by huge margin in Nahariya mayoral contest: 'Thirty years later, I've realized most Nahariya residents are ingrates.'

Ousted Nahariya Mayor slams voters as 'ingrates'

Beit Shemesh mayoral race close as soldiers' votes counted

Haredi Mayor Moshe Abutbul leads by only 251 votes to Dr. Aliza Bloch; soldiers' votes not yet counted.

Beit Shemesh mayoral race close as soldiers' votes counted

Yisrael Gantz wins Binyamin Regional Council race

Deputy head of Benjamin Regional Council will take over from Avi Roeh after defeating Shilo Adler; Gush Etzion to vote in second round.

Yisrael Gantz wins Binyamin Regional Council race

Efrat's incumbent Revivi maintains leadership

Initial count indicates Ravivi win with challenging lists represented; final results after soldier vote count.

Efrat's incumbent Revivi maintains leadership

Elkin: A fascinating journey, I have no regrets

Likud Minister responds after his loss in the elections for mayor of Jerusalem.

Elkin: A fascinating journey, I have no regrets

Huldai wins in Tel Aviv: I'm going back to work

Incumbent Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai wins 45% of the vote in the city. His deputy Asaf Zamir won 35%.

Huldai wins in Tel Aviv: I'm going back to work

'I will lead Jerusalem to a new era'

Jerusalem mayoral candidate Ofer Berkovitch celebrates his advancing to a runoff against Moshe Lion.

'I will lead Jerusalem to a new era'

Jerusalem mayoral election headed for runoff

After 80% of the votes in Jerusalem counted, Moshe Lion and Ofer Berkovitch each receive 30%.

Jerusalem mayoral election headed for runoff

Ballot boxes closed, counting in full swing

11 thousand ballot boxes in 251 municipalities throughout Israel closed. Voter participation stands at 55%, a 10% increase from the 2013 ele

Ballot boxes closed, counting in full swing

6,653,808 Israelis to vote in local elections

11,000 polling stations throughout the country will open at 7:00 a.m. Voters will be able to exercise their right to vote until 10:00 p.m.

6,653,808 Israelis to vote in local elections

Meet the candidates in Efrat - Judea's English-speaking city

Arutz Sheva asks mayoral candidates, parties what sets them apart, what kind of community they will leave our children, and a word to Olim.

Meet the candidates in Efrat - Judea's English-speaking city

Jerusalem: Religious, secular, support candidate Moshe Lion

New poll shows non-haredi residents of Jerusalem believe Moshe Lion to be best candidate for mayor.

Jerusalem: Religious, secular, support candidate Moshe Lion

Beit Shemesh Mayoral Candidate Promises Democracy at Conference

Eli Cohen and incumbent mayor Moshe Abutbul face off in Beit Shemesh re-elections Tuesday. Cohen: I promise equality, democracy.

Beit Shemesh Mayoral Candidate Promises Democracy at Conference

‘Listen to the Rabbis – Vote Eli Cohen’

Rabbi Haim Druckman declares his support for challenger in new Beit Shemesh race.

‘Listen to the Rabbis – Vote Eli Cohen’

Court Rules: New Elections in Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh will vote again following alleged fraud in city elections; MK, Dept. Defense Minister praise decision.

Court Rules: New Elections in Beit Shemesh

Beit Shemesh Mayor Files Incitement Complaint

Moshe Abutbul insists that 'words can kill,' asks for Beit Shemesh residents to show mutual respect and restraint during fraud proceedings.

Beit Shemesh Mayor Files Incitement Complaint

Lawyer: No to Reelections Based on Rumors

Lawyer for Abutbul questions legality of proposed reelections in Beit Shemesh.

Lawyer: No to Reelections Based on Rumors

First Hearings Begin in Beit Shemesh Election Case

Mayor Moshe Abutbul declares victory before walking into courtroom; prosecution admits 'fraudulent tactics' but not specific involvement.

First Hearings Begin in Beit Shemesh Election Case

A-G Appeals Beit Shemesh Election

Attorney General cites police findings that elections were suspect. Candidate who lost has also filed appeal.

A-G Appeals Beit Shemesh Election

Jewish Home to Open More Municipal Branches

In party-wide meetings after success in municipal elections, Jewish Home decides to expand.

Jewish Home to Open More Municipal Branches

Kabbalist Rabbi Arrested in Extortion Case

Rabbi and mobster both accused of extortion in Netivot elections. Rabbi claims innocence. Lawyer, ‘He just gave blessings.’

Kabbalist Rabbi Arrested in Extortion Case

Thousands Call to Redo Beit Shemesh Vote

Thousands call to redo city elections in Beit Shemesh as reports of fraud continue.

Thousands Call to Redo Beit Shemesh Vote

Beit Shemesh: Demonstration Called Against Mayor Abutbul

Tensions continue to rise in Beit Shemesh after allegations of corruption in municipal election results; major protest set for Tuesday.

Beit Shemesh: Demonstration Called Against Mayor Abutbul

Abutbul Slams ‘Childish’ Opponents

Beit Shemesh mayor rejects charges he 'stole the vote,' and slams calls to split city.

Abutbul Slams ‘Childish’ Opponents

Bennett: United we Stood, Divided we Fell

Bayit Yehudi head says party’s successes and failures in local elections are a lesson to the Religious Zionist community.

Bennett: United we Stood, Divided we Fell

Renewed Calls to Split Beit Shemesh

City elections spark fresh calls to split religiously diverse city in two. Government to consider the proposal.

Renewed Calls to Split Beit Shemesh

The Deal that Saved Barkat

Barkat reportedly convinced hareidi candidate to stay in the race, drawing votes from Leon.

The Deal that Saved Barkat

Mayor: 'Bibi, Bennett, Lapid Stop Meddling in Beit Shemesh'

Re-elected Beit Shemesh Mayor slams Zionist leaders, calls on media to turn over new leaf, says city has voted with "love."

Mayor: 'Bibi, Bennett, Lapid Stop Meddling in Beit Shemesh'

Saar: 'State Must Find Ways to Increase Election Participation'

Interior Minister says he may even bring back a vacation day to bump up turnout for municipal elections

Saar: 'State Must Find Ways to Increase Election Participation'

2 Mandates for King and Shkedi, 1 for Bayit Yehudi

Moshe Lion's Likud Beyteinu wins one seat in Jerusalem; defeated mayoral candidate yet to announce if he will enter council.

2 Mandates for King and Shkedi, 1 for Bayit Yehudi

Police: Elections Relatively Quiet

Only one serious incident of apparent fraud took place, in Beit Shemesh, and 8 suspects were arrested.

Police: Elections Relatively Quiet

Bayit Yehudi Victorious in Municipal Elections

"We are Israel's social party", says Bennett after two Bayit Yehudi candidates win mayoral posts in the periphery.

Bayit Yehudi Victorious in Municipal Elections

Lion: My Intentions Were Sincere and True

Moshe Lion, who ran for mayor Jerusalem and lost, thanked MK Lieberman for his support.

Lion: My Intentions Were Sincere and True

Barkat Re-elected in Jerusalem

Despite a relatively low voter turnout, preliminary results show that the mayors of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa have been re-elected.

Barkat Re-elected in Jerusalem

Photo Essay: Municipal Elections in Jerusalem

Unity amid pressure as Jerusalem votes.

Photo Essay: Municipal Elections in Jerusalem

Candidates Wait for Results, Close Races Expected

Votes being counted across the country. Huldai, Barkat worried over low turnout. Exit poll shows Yahav victory in Haifa.

Candidates Wait for Results, Close Races Expected

Extremism an Issue in Beit Shemesh Race

Beit Shemesh mayor recalls his accomplishments, but some residents say he’s to blame for continuing religious extremism.

Extremism an Issue in Beit Shemesh Race

Polling Stations Close, Counting Begins

Voter turn out recorded at 42.63% across the country for municipal elections,

Polling Stations Close, Counting Begins

Local Elections Throughout the Holy Land Today

Polling booths opened at 7:00 AM, will remain open until 10:00 PM.

Local Elections Throughout the Holy Land Today

Council Elections: Rabbi Auerbach Gets Threatening Note

Note left on Rabbi's car demanding he close list running against mainstream hareidi party in municipal elections.

Council Elections: Rabbi Auerbach Gets Threatening Note

Hareidi Parties, Bayit Yehudi Unite in Tel Aviv

Religious parties manage rare cross-spectrum unity in Tel Aviv as hareidi-religious, Zionists join for city council race.

Hareidi Parties, Bayit Yehudi Unite in Tel Aviv