Beit Shemesh: Residents Head to Polls to Vote for Mayor


moshe-abutbulAs Beit Shemesh goes to the polls today, the vote may decide more than a bitter mayoral race. Many see it as a bellwether for the strained religious-secular relations throughout Israel.

This election is a rerun of an election last October. Two courts ordered it after claiming it had found voter fraud in the original ballot that returned Mayor Moshe Abutbul to office.

The town located 22 miles west of Yerushalayim has 80,000 residents, who will be watching the polls carefully.

Abutbul’s rival is Eli Cohen.

Chareidim now make up about 40 percent of the population of Beit Shemesh.

Gedolei Yisroel have strongly urged voters in Beit Shemesh to go out to vote. These gedolim include, Rav Chaim Kanievsky Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, Rav Shmuel Wosner and others.

{ Israel News Bureau}