Keeping their own council
Local government is in danger of getting a good name thanks to a new breed of mayor, who is more interested in developing services closer to home than empire-building. Three such leaders from different parts of the country reveal the secrets of their success.
Simon Alfasi was born in Casablanca, Morocco. By the time he was 13, he’d dropped out of school to help support his family but as an enthusiastic young Zionist, he knew his goal was to move to Israel. In 1962, he arrived in Yokne’am, a neglected immigrant town in the lower Galilee with high unemployment. Fifty years later, Yokne’am is thriving. Alfasi, 67, has run it for the past 24 years and is considered one...
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