Barkat: Jerusalem is one of safest cities in the world

“Do you feel secure walking the streets of Jerusalem?” Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky asked Mayor Nir Barkat with a smile during the opening of a Q&A session on the state of the capital before the organization’s board of governors Monday.

The line, referring to Barkat’s manhandling of a terrorist the previous day, drew raucous applause and served as a fitting icebreaker for the group of over 200 leaders, who gathered at the David Citadel Hotel to be briefed by Barkat on that very topic, among others.

Eschewing standard talking points, Barkat instead immediately took questions from the capacity crowd taking part in the agency’s three-day conference in the capital.


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