The Yerushalayim branch of HaBayit Yehudi party announced that it would support Moshe Lion in the capital’s mayoral race, defying party leader Naftali Bennett who has endorsed Yerushalayim Affairs Minister MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) for the job.
Moshe Lion has been trailing fellow challengers Elkin and Ofer Berkovitch in Yerushalayim’s mayoral race. Candidate Yossi Deitch and little-known Avi Salman are also contending for the capital’s top job.
HaBayit Yehudi Of Yerushalayim has had an increasingly rocky relationship with its national leadership. In August, Bennett threatened to stop funding the local Yerushalayim branch after it ran an anti-charedi campaign.
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