JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis are voting in municipal elections across the country.
In the closest watched race Tuesday, four candidates are hoping to become the next mayor of Jerusalem — a city with great importance to billions of people around the world.
Ofer Berkovitch, a young secular activist, is running against Moshe Lion, a longtime political activist, Cabinet minister Zeev Elkin, who is supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and ultra-Orthodox candidate Yossi Daitch.
If no one captures 40 percent of the votes, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff.
Jerusalem is a diverse city, with a Jewish population divided between secular residents, modern Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox. In addition, about one-third of the population is Palestinian.
Few Palestinians vote, however, seeing participation as recognition of Israeli control over east Jerusalem.