A Victory for Torah: Abutbul Wins Bet Shemesh Elections

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moshe-abutbulIn the dark of night in Israel, the Torah world is rejoicing over the news that incumbent Mayor Moshe Abutbul has won the Bet Shemesh mayoral elections by approximately 950 votes.

The turnout today greatly exceeded the turnout during the original mayoral elections on October 22, 2013 – by some 7% in Beit Shemesh, and 13% in Nazareth.

The decision to call new elections in Beit Shemesh was reached by the Jerusalem District Court in December came after Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and secular mayoral candidate Eli Cohen, who lost to Abutbul of the Shas party by a narrow margin in October’s election, appealed the results over allegations of widespread fraud.

Police had discovered hundreds of identity cards in an apartment and car believed to belong to Abutbul supporters, as well as a cache of clothing that apparently served to disguise individuals who voted multiple times on election day. Investigators suspected that Shaya Brand, an associate of Abutbul, had organized a plan to identify nonvoters and pay them for their identity cards, so that Abutbul supporters could use them to cast fraudulent ballots.

Shas maintained that Abutbul’s victory was legitimate, claiming the judges had been swayed by a media smear campaign.

Further details of today’s election will be forthcoming, but clearly, the victory by Abutbul will be seen as a victory of the Torah community and those who espouse Torah ideals.

{Matzav.com Israel}

25 COMMENTS

  1. Torah is not about higher captivity. I do not know how you can say this is a “victory for Torah” since Torah is not a combatant. Torah is about helping Visions of Humanity progress. If that is what this man does, it will be a victory for humanity. Masterful play for the future if this makes others adhere to Torah. Probably it will be a strife issue and our future is not entirely in the hands of politicians. It is in the hands of the trusted by Hashem.

  2. Hatorah Tinotzeil!!
    Hashem is giving us a beautiful message.. We are doing the right thing to stand up for Torah..
    “Habah L’Taher M’Saayan Oso”.

  3. Let’s all get real!
    We don’t need a siman from Shamayim that Aveenu Sh’bashamayim is there and watching over us every minute of every day! But recent events were so stinging and this helps with a renewed, newly invigorated attitude. Kind of like a Siman from Shamayim that haShem is acceptant of our beseech and maybe even happy with us! May the unity actions of recent weeks be the norm and only serve to be a springboard so that we could merit the ultimate Geula b’karov!

  4. Not only did Abutbul win again but the Chareidim picked up at least a seat or two more in the city council! This means that they will now enjoy an outright majority rather than less than a majority they won in the first-round of the election.

    The reshoyim who forced this do-over are double-losers. They would have been better off just accepting the first election and they would have had more power in the city council. Now they lost big time and even lost in the council due to their suit for a new election!

    I hear a lot of the anti-Torah/anti-Chareidi crowd is angling to move out of Beit Shemesh. This will make it more of a Torah town. Before they leave I’d like to wish them good luck. It was nice knowing you.

  5. When there is a court case the loser has to pay the expenses. So let the losing party pay for all the expenses of re-election!

  6. This is so meaningful Erev Purim!! I am proud to have voted for him again. It is not even a charedi issue. He has done so much for us in Beit Shemesh . Kol Hakavod to him and everyone involved in re-elecing him.

  7. THIS IS THE FUTURE OF ALL CITIES IN ISRAEL, WHILE WE B’H HAVE LARGE FAMILIES, THE CHILONIM HAVE ONE MAX. TWO CHILDREN SO TIME WILL COME THAT THE CHAREDIM ARE GOING TO DOMINATE , IT’S A MATTER OF TIME…………………

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