Beit Shemesh mayoral candidate Aliza Bloch hugs a voter, October 30, 2018 Gil Cohen-Magen

As Religious Candidates Battle It Out in Israel's Beit Shemesh, Religion Takes a Back Seat

For mayor it’s a religious-Zionist woman versus an ultra-Orthodox man, but don’t expect the voting to run entirely along sectarian lines

A moment before heading into the polling booth, Aliza Bloch, the challenger to Beit Shemesh Mayor Moshe Abutbul, cracked a joke about how she hadn’t yet decided whom to vote for.

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