While Netanya’s mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar sits in jail under police investigation, residents of Netanya appear conflicted. On one hand, the Likud stalwart enjoyed overwhelming popularity in the seaside enclave which elected her to four consecutive terms, amounting to nearly two uninterrupted decades in office. On the other, she has now joined the long list of mayors who have faced corruption charges.
The streets of downtown Netanya on Thursday afternoon are flooded with children and parents as school lets out. Advertisements for new building projects, along with real estate agencies hawking luxury apartments, highlight the city’s growth, characterized by developments that cling to its seaside boardwalk.