High Court to Hear Petition on Beit Shemesh Elections


The High Court of Justice will convene next Thursday, Jan. 23, on the petition filed by Beit Shemesh Mayor Rabbi Moshe Abutbul against a lower court’s ruling disqualifying his victory in recent elections in his city.

A panel of three justices, comprising Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, Elyakim Rubinstein and Uzi Fogelman, will first decide whether to accept the petition and, in the event that they do, will begin hearing the details of the appeal.

It is unusual for the court to schedule both procedures for the same day. Legal observers say it signals that the court is likely to accept the appeal.

In response, Rabbi Abutbul said that “the elections in Beit Shemesh were transparent and I hope that the honorable justices will study the matter thoroughly and conclude that the voter had his say.”

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