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Jerusalem mayor candidate Ofer Berkovitch called for haredi support, adding that Yossi Daitch "knew he would be part of the coalition that I would form."
"We must expect a big surprise from haredi voters," Berkovitch said in the haredi Romema neighborhood in Jerusalem on Thursday. "The population is complex and goes through deep changes."
In the battle for Jerusalem religious voters, Berkovitch extended both haredi and Zionist religious populations to garner support for the upcoming second round on November 13.
"We are fighting for the heart of Jerusalem," he said. "The dream of connecting secular and religious people, conservatives and haredi occurs in my movements. If we give up, we give up on the Israeli dream."
"Don't judge me by a kippah that I don't use and my beard doesn't grow," Berkovitch said. "Challenge me with my actions to unite people. If we don't bring Jerusalem together, it will disappear."
Berkovitch's Hitorerut party won seven seats in the 31-member city council, surpassing Degel HaTorah and Shas. The candidate expressed frustration at the lack of candidates for candidate Moshe Lion in the city council. According to Berkovitch, this is a clear indication of Lion's detachment from the public interest of Jerusalem and its ability to build a support base through politics alone.
"I don't need to be nice [Yisrael Beytenu Chair Avigdor] Liberman or [Shas leader Arye] Deri, "he said, hinting at the Lion alliance." Decisions from above do not function here; Jerusalem's decision must come from within, "Berkovitch said.
Within ten years of his political career, Berkovitch focused on working in the Jerusalem city council, avoiding involvement in national politics. "I don't need to report anything to anyone, except the people of Jerusalem, who actually work for me," he said.
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