Jerusalem mayor sees a bright future for city in the Trump era

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Andrew Tobin of JTA holds Q & A with Nic Barkat on his views of a “united Jerusalem”

JERUSALEM – It’s been nearly 50 years since Israel captured eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War. For the past eight years, Nir Barkat has been this city’s mayor.

On Sunday evening, six months ahead of the “united Jerusalem” jubilee, Barkat received an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, where he gave the keynote speech. A staunch advocate of Israeli control over all of Jerusalem, he thanked U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for his “commitment to strengthen our city by moving the U.S. Embassy home, to Jerusalem, the united and eternal capital of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”

Late last month, Barkat sat down with JTA in his Jerusalem office to discuss in more depth his vision for the city. Having made a fortune as a high-tech entrepreneur, he easily slipped into industry jargon, speaking of the need to increase Jerusalem’s “market share” of the hearts of Diaspora Jews. He also said that all its residents were his “children.” [Read more…]


Netanyahu says he will pitch Trump at least 5 ways to undo the Iran deal

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting in Trump Tower in New York, Sept. 25, 2016. (Trump Campaign)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, shown here meeting Donald Trump in New York, Sept. 25, 2016, told 60 Minutes he would suggest ways to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal. (Trump Campaign)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would present to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump multiple options to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal.

“There are ways, various ways of undoing it,” Netanyahu said in an interview on CBS’ 60 Minutes broadcast Sunday. “I have about five things in my mind.” He said he would not reveal the options until he speaks with Trump once he assumes office after Jan. 20. [Read more…]