The chareidi parties in Beit Shemesh have decided to appeal last week’s District Court ruling invalidating the results of the recent municipal elections and calling for new ones.
The decision was made after consultations with top legal experts. Dr. Yaakov Weinroth, who represented Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul in the case, said the reaction throughout the legal profession is astonishment at the lower court’s ruling.
Instead of waiting for the police to complete their investigations into allegations of voter fraud and insisting on solid proof of wrongdoing, the court applied a “balance of the probabilities” standard.
Weinroth was frustrated that there was “no real evidence in this case,” but rather a string of rumors and conversations between several people that could not prove anything in a court of law.
Rabbi Abutbul favored not appealing to the High Court, in order to be able to proceed to the elections without delay, which he is confident he will win. However, he bowed to the views of Weinroth and others that to do so would amount to tacit acceptance of the false and demafatory claims of an organized electoral fraud with which certain elements seek to smear the entire chareidi public.