(JNS.org) Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told the leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations that Jerusalem will not be divided.
“We need to look at the realities and recognize that no split city has ever worked. Ideologically and practically, Jerusalem cannot and will not be divided,” Barkat said Thursday while the leaders toured the city, in response to international pressure to stop Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem, according to the Times of Israel. “When we build, we are building for everyone, including infrastructural projects and schools in East Jerusalem,” he said.
Barkat also noted the many initiatives promoting culture and encouraging tourism in Jerusalem. The city’s tourism industry is expected to increase to 10 million people a year and will provide 140,000 jobs in the near future, he estimated.