Municipal Elections in the Holy City: Campaigns, Results, and Coalition Building in Jerusalem, 1948-1973

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The article deals with the municipal elections in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel. Section One, “The early years,” focuses on Daniel Auster's term as acting mayor, 1948-49; Section Two covers “The chaotic period, 1950-55” and the successive mayoral terms of Shlomo Zalman Shragai and Yitzhak Kariv, whose ineffective administrations of the city led the government to disbanded the Municipal Council in 1955; Section Three, “The stable period, 1955-65,” discusses the terms of two mayors, Gershon Agron and Mordechai Ish-Shalom, both members of the Labor Party, Mapai, under whom Jerusalem underwent considerable development with the relocation of Hadassah Hospital to the western part of the city, and the establishment of the Israel Museum in 1965; Section Four, “The Teddy Kollek years, 1965-73” concerns Kollek's election as mayor in November 1965 and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages23
JournalIsrael Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2022

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  • Daniel Auster
  • Ethnic political parties in Jerusalem
  • Gershon Agron
  • Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem Municipality Elections
  • Mordechai Ish-Shalom
  • Religious parties in Jerusalem
  • Teddy Kollek

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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