Jerusalem Mayor and Secularists Clash Over City Council Portfolios

Hitorerut B'Yerushalayim, the largest secular faction on the city council, is demanding the finance portfolio, which Barkat has already given to a right-wing faction.

An unprecedented clash between Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and a secular faction in the municipal council could leave Barkat, who was reelected last month, at the head of a rightist, Orthodox coalition. Barkat has so far signed coalition agreements only with the Orthodox factions, which, unlike the secular factions, did not support him in his campaign for mayor.