The vote was 8 to 6 in favor of handing over two dati leumi schools in Jerusalem to the chareidim as the former no longer has enough students and the latter is short on classroom space. The vote pertains to the Brandt and N’vei Etzion Schools. Members of the dati leumi community were instrumental in assisting by permitting the vote to pass. Yael Entebbe voted in favor while Moshe Leon and Meir Turgeman absented themselves from the vote. This permitted the chareidi majority to emerge successful.
Leading the battle to prevent handing over two more schools to the chareidi tzibur was Chairman of the Hisorarus party and deputy mayor, Ofir Berkowitz. He and his party opposed the move and Mayor Barkat’s program of portioning. Berkowitz and his party, along with Dov Kalmonovitz and Aryeh King voted against the move in the Allocations Committee.
After the vote, deputy mayor Ofer Berkowitz said: It is regrettable that anyone who pretends to represent religious Zionism in the city has now given a hand to abandon them. Today, we could move one vote to bring down this despicable decision, but out of personal political considerations, some of the representatives of religious Zionism in the city chose to cooperate with the mayor and turn their voters into being second class.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)