The Jerusalem County reveals a religious-secular split

JERUSALEM (RNS) – A young Israeli businessman, Guyoz Golan, has just moved to Tel Aviv, but as a registered voter in Jerusalem plans to visit the city on Tuesday to vote for Ofer Berkovitch, a secular candidate, and 13 electoral mayors.

"Like everything else in Jerusalem, these elections reflect the clash between secular and ultra-Orthodox," said Golan, who took coffee Monday night with his brother Colin on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath.

This clash between Berkovich and Moshe Lyon, an Orthodox Jew, focused on religious issues, including restrictions on Saturday in the Israeli capital. Haredi in the city or the ultra-Orthodox Jews want a full stop on Saturday's trading for 25 hours in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem, including nightclubs, bars and film theaters that are now open.

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