Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Reuven Ladiansky informed Mayor Ron Huldai that he intends to run against him in the upcoming elections to be held this year. "After 25 years, it's time for generational change," Lediansky said.
Ladiansky was a member of Huldai's coalition and refrained from criticizing him over the years. "The city is not managed. There is no 'landlord'. The city is abandoned to NTA, real estate developers, excavations and nuisances that turn life in the city into a nightmare," he says now.
Works on Ibn Gvirol Street in Tel Aviv (archive photo), photo: Gideon Markowitz
Ladiansky heads the "Chai – Green Secular" faction, and since 2008 has served as a member of the city council. In 2019, Huldai joined the coalition and was appointed deputy mayor and responsible for the environment, sustainability and improving the city's surface.
Ladyansky claims that Huldai did a lot for the city and its prosperity, but when he decided a few years ago to run for the Knesset, he effectively gave up on the city. "It is only because of his failure in the elections and for reasons of work arrangement that he is seeking, for the sixth time, to be elected mayor."
Reuven Ladyansky// Photo: Eyal Nevo, Photo: Eyal Nevo
According to Ladiansky, messianic and missionary elements, headed by Chabad and Torah nuclei, have taken over the public space in the city. "That won't happen with me! Zero tolerance when it comes to attempts to change secular and liberal life in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, to harm equality, human rights, minorities, women, LGBT people and the freedom of each and every one to live in his or her own way in Tel Aviv-Jaffa," Ladiansky said.
Earlier this year, Ladiansky launched a campaign centered on complaints about religious incidents in the city.
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