What happened to the mayors who supported the Gush Katif expulsion?
Susie Dim – Matot Arim
On the eve of the disengagement they enlisted to support Sharon and put giant ads in the media backing the Gush Katif expulsion plan, entitled "The disengagement is good for Israel". They worked with all their might and political influence so that the disengagement plan would be realized, and moved to Kadima. Remarkable studies of right-wing organization 'Matot Arim' reveals that all the mayors, including the most senior and powerful, were deleted from the political map. Some were wiped out due to criminal offenses and some were ousted from the job. Meet the mayors who helped expel the Jews of Gush Katif.
Moti Malka, mayor of Kiryat Malachi, was head of the Disengagement southern division, went over to Kadima with Sharon. From the Kiryat Malachi Municipality he launched Olmert's bus campaign for the disengagement. Malka was arrested and arraigned, on severe charges.
Zvi Zilker, one of the most respected leaders in the country for decades, suddenly lost the mayoralty of the city of Ashdod.
Zamir Ben - Ari lost the mayoralty Givat Shmuel.
Danny Vaknin lost the mayoralty of the Beit Shemesh Municipality, and a year later also convicted of fraud in a plea bargain.
Solly Suleman was mayor of Kiryat Ekron, and unfortunately has had to retire completely from politics for health reasons.
Meir Nitzan, was considered a good and strong mayor, unexpectedly lost his seat. As mayor, Nitzan was a staunch expulsion supportor. In an unprecedented move, Nitzan agreed to release 150 of 178 police officers stationed in his city (85% of officers) to take part in the expulsion crime.
Shuki Forer was pushed for a second round in Rechovot. Also, he was indicted for criminal acts and he was forced to retire. Unfortunately he fell ill with cancer. Get well soon!
Chaim Barbivai is no longer the mayor of Kiryat Shmona. He was convicted of bribery and sentenced to year's probation and a fine of a quarter million NIS.
Ron Fromer, former mayor of Nahariya, was convicted of corruption.
Carmi Gillon lost the chairmanship of the Mevasseret Zion Council, having failed in his role, and was forced to resign. Gillon's tenure was characterized by budget overruns, and recovery plan failure. The Interior Ministry had to appoint an accountant to the Council headed by Gilon.
Yigal Amedi,who was deputy mayor of Jerusalem, the strong man who served as vice mayor of Jerusalem for three consecutive terms lost the election big time.
Benny Regev, former mayor of Lod, was ousted because of improper performance by the Interior Ministry and was convicted of bribery
Joseph Gino who was Migdal Council chairman, was convicted for illegal construction and was ousted by the Interior Ministry.
Yaakov Amor, Katzir-Charish Council chairman, was also dismissed from office by the Interior Ministry.
Avi Assaraf, Mayor of Ofakim, was dismissed because of improper functioning.
Nir Havkin, Ramat Yishai Council chairman, lost the election.
Yaakov Katz of Metula, lost the election.
Shlomo Ratzabi, Tel Mond Council chairman, was arrested last year on corruption offenses.
Dror Aaron, Gan Yavne Council chairman. The prosecution decided to put him on trial for withholding newspapers. His trial continues.
Yitzchok Bokobza of Or Yehuda resigned without explanation.
Shlomo Levi of Merom Galil lost the election.
Zvika Ma-Yafit left the chairmanship of the Oranit Council after he retired for reasons unclear.
Gederot Regional Council Chairman Yossi Kandelshein, whose signature appears on the ad, had signed the ad denies signing the ad and says that his name was added to the ad against his will. He wrote that he never supported the disengagement but opposed from the start to move.