Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is urging all Israelis to voice their unequivocal support of US President-elect Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration on Friday.
In a video posted to the Internet this week, Barkat said that Israelis must join with Trump to “make the US-Israeli relationship great again.”
“This week Donald Trump will enter the White House as president. Let’s together welcome him as a friend and thank him for his intention to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.”
In an interview with the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom earlier this week, Trump said he had not forgotten his pledge to return the US Embassy to Israel’s capital.
“Of course I remember what I said about Jerusalem,” he told the newspaper. “You know that I am not a person who breaks promises.”
Sunday’s “peace” conference in Paris warned Trump against moving the embassy, as did Barack Obama in his final press conference as president. The Palestinian Arabs have vowed an “explosion” should Trump fulfill that particular promise, which would show firm support for Israel’s position that Jerusalem is its eternal, undivided capital.