Israeli City Divided Over Religion Makes History With First Woman Mayor

With the counting of the final 1,300 ballots – from soldiers, the disabled and of a few dozen prisoners – Aliza Bloch is confirmed as mayor, ousting incumbent Moshe Abutbul

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Aliza Bloch was declared the winner late Wednesday of the mayoral race in Beit Shemesh, beating out incumbent Mayor Moshe Abutbul. In the closely contested race, Bloch's victory in the town west of Jerusalem...