MembersThe Modern-Day ‘Ezra’ Who Could Be Jerusalem’s Next Mayor

No fewer than eight contenders plan to run for the coveted job of Mayor of Jerusalem in October.

By Tsvi Sadan |
Photo: Tsvi Sadan

Some, like Avi Salman, are little-known outside their own milieu. Others, like Moshe Leon and Minister of Environmental Protection Ze’ev Elkin, are better known, though not necessarily better liked. Israel Today met with Avi Salman, presently the candidate least likely to win, though that doesn’t make him any less seasoned than the often-cynical public figures with whom he’s competing. Salman strikes me as too young to be cynical, and if nothing else, that in itself is refreshing.
Salman (38) has lived his whole life in Jerusalem, and has never held a job other than working for the Jerusalem Municipality. His career was jump-started when he joined the 2008 election campaign of current-Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. In 2017, he resigned from the municipality and was the first to announce his candidacy for the office.

Israel Today: Why do you want to be mayor? Salman: Jerusalem is in my blood, and I’ve followed its development closely. In the last couple of years, after Barkat decided he’d be running for Knesset, the city has lost its direction, which worries me...

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