High Court Set to Order New Elections in Beit Shemesh


Israel’s High Court is set to reject the appeal filed by Mayor Moshe Abutbul (Shas) against a lower court ruling to hold new municipal elections in Beit Shemesh, according to media reports Wednesday night.

If so, Interior Minister Gidon Saar will then have 30 days to arrange with the candidates a date for the election rerun.

Hearings began in the Beit Shemesh municipal election case in December. A district court voided the election on allegations that the voting was marred by widespread fraud.

In his appeal to the High Court, Mayor Abutbul answered that police found a mere 36 false identity documents, not nearly enough to have affected the electoral outcome, which he won by 956 votes.

The judges cleared Abutbul himself, noting in their decision that he had nothing to do with the alleged wrongdoing.