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Lion Wins Jerusalem Mayoral Run-Off

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14 Nov 2018 (All day)
Lion Wins Jerusalem Mayoral Run-Off
Jerusalemites awoke Wednesday morning to the news that city councilman Moshe Lion had achieved a victory in the previous day’s run-off election against councilman Ofer Berkovitch, garnering a mere 6,500 more votes in a race which saw historically low turnout. "I will be mayor of all, even those who have not chosen me," Lion said following the announcment of the results, in an apparent effort to push back against accusations by his predecessor, outgoing mayor Nir Barkat, that he is a “puppet” of the ultraorthodox political factions which backed him in the race.

Lion will enter the mayor’s office with an unusual legal and politicalhandicap since his Jerusalem Shelanu party failed to win even a single seat on the city council. Berkovitch’s Hitorerut party, by contrast, secured seven seats, making it the largest single faction on the 31-seat Council.

55 other municipalities and local councils held run-off elections on Tuesday, with several being marred by accusations of voter fraud. 

Iran Projected to Suffer Deep Economic Recession
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued a report on Tuesday projecting that the inflation rate in Iran will increase by 40% by the end of 2018, fueling the massive economic recession which the Islamic Republic is already suffering from. "This largely reflects the expected impact of the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran, which is likely to reduce Iranian oil production and exports significantly over the next two years at least," the IMF said.

Here is a video which gives some analysis of why the Iranian Government is in so much financial trouble

BDS Movement Suffers Another Defeat
The movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) Israel suffered another defeat this week when Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the world’s largest investment management companies, opened an office in the Jewish State. “Franklin Templeton views Israel as a unique and important growth market,” said Jenny Johnson, president and COO of Franklin Templeton Investments.

Israel Blesses the World
Israel marked World Diabetes Day on Wednesday by taking note of the many medical breakthroughs make the disease more manageable for the estimated 425 million adults around the world who have been diagnosed with it. The developments include an “insulin pill” which allows people to avoid painful and expensive injections, developed by Israeli researchers at company called Oramed. Another company, Caesarea-based DarioHealth Corp., developed new software which helps people dealing with diabetes to personalize their treatments.