Videos, Photos: Leon Declares Victory in Yerushalayim Mayoral Race


Moshe Leon has declared victory early Wednesday morning in the Yerushalayim mayoral runoff election, while candidate Ofer Berkowitz has promised that his legal team would be looking into supposed issues at the polling stations.

Leon, who was backed by Degel Hatorah and Shas, was ahead of Berkowitz by over 6,000 votes. Berkovitch has not yet conceded the race. Agudah did not make an endorsement.

About 8,500 votes of IDF soldiers, prisoners and hospital staff and patients will only be counted tomorrow, Times of Israel reports.

Lion’s three-percentage point lead, 51% vs. 48%, was viewed to be enough for Interior Minister Aryeh Deri and Leon to confidently call the contest in his favor by 2 a.m.



  1. Iyh we can have a positive outcome for all “chareidim ledvar Hashem”, including Chasidim, if this election convinces everyone of the importance of voting. Then in the future with everyone united as everyone agrees is best, we will have the strongest Torah coalition. This election proved the facts on the ground but everyone will be pleased in the future if it causes more Chasidim to vote. Here in the USA as well… Even better hopefully we can soon merit to have malchus Hashem back…

  2. Rachmana litzlan!!!

    Moshe Le’on pledged to open the מתחם התחנה on Shabbos, he voted for chillul shabbos numerous times, he also voted to give city grants to the Reform. He even wrote an op-ed where he pledged to work to keep a Chiloni majority in Yerushalayim. Plus, to top it all off, he’s Avigdor Leiberman’s puppet…

    Moshe Le’on is far from being a tzadik. If you will tell me he’s the lesser of the two evils, fine. But why to celebrate his win??

    • This is why many Gedolei Yisrael didn’t want to vote for him. They know who he is but hopefully he did tshuva if he knows what’s good for him.

  3. עשה למען קדושת ירושלים

    To those who didn;t join Degel:
    How will it Feel being Marked down for posterity as virtual Bar Kamtza

    • Those who voted for him need to pray that he change his stance and stop the chillul Shabbos, the yearly filth parades and other abominations in the Holy City.

  4. Degel Could have sold out in 2013 for $ to Barkat but refrained unlike most others
    Degel Could have sold out in 2008 for $ to Barkat
    Even supported the candidate of Aguda even when many of its own members Wouldn’t

    “Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”


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