The leading candidate in the Jerusalem mayoral race Nir Barkat revealed new information about his past in an effort to snag frum Chassidic voters.
In an interview with Radio Jerusalem, the secular Barkat was asked by the show’s host Menachem Toker which Yeshivos and Chassidic groups he was familiar with.
Barkat answered: “The Chabad Chassidus. Did you know I’m from Chabad descent?”
He added to the surprised host: “My father’s grandfather’s grave says Shneior Zalman, and my father’s name is Zalman.”
Barkat is running against frum candidate and Chabad sympathizer Meir Porush. Latest polls give Barkat a 16% lead over Porush, son of a well-known Yerushalmi family.