Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is not running for re-election in next Tuesday’s municipal election after a decade in office. In an interview for The Jerusalem Post and The Land of Israel Network, he explains why he believes Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin is the only one of the four major candidates running suitable to replace him. Barkat bashes his former deputy mayor Ofer Berkovich, who leads in the polls, calling him a charlatan, as well as deputy mayor Moshe Lion, who he warns will be controlled by the parties that back him.

Gil Hoffman and Peggy Cidor, who have been covering the exciting race to succeed Nir Barkat as mayor of Jerusalem for The Jerusalem Post analyze who has the best chance to win the October 30 election. Hoffman provides audio from a political event in the holy city. Cidor, who has been covering municipal politics for 20 years, explains why this election is different than all mayoral races in the city in the past. She also answers what Barkat’s chances are to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu and become prime minister of Israel one day.