The race for mayor of Jerusalem will go to a run-off between religious and secular Jewish candidates, election results showed on Wednesday.
Moshe Lion, a skullcap-wearing bureaucrat favoured by two key members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist cabinet, will face off against Ofer Berkovitch, the 35-year-old deputy mayor, after they came out on top of Tuesday's five-man contest - but neither with sufficient votes to win outright.
Both Lion and Berkovitch - whose second-round ballot is on Nov 13 - have vowed to appeal to all sectors of the city. Neither is likely to break with Netanyahu government policy against ceding East Jerusalem for the Palestinians' hoped-for future state.
Despite being backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and current mayor Nir Barkat, Zeev Elkin came in third in the ballot that was held as part of nationwide Israeli municipal elections.