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Saturday, August 30th, 2014

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Frenkel and Abu-Khdeir Families Hold Conference Call

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat put together a conference phone call yesterday (Jul. 6) between the uncle of Naftali Frenkel, who was murdered last month by Hamas terrorists, and the father of Mohammed Abu Khdier, who was murdered last week by Israelis.

The phone call was conducted during Barkat’s visit of condolence to the Frenkel Family in Nof Ayalon. Barkat further visited the homes of the Yifrach and Sha’ar families, strengthening the three families whose sons were kidnapped and murdered. Barkat told the families that “their conduct is a symbol of statehood and dignity.”

During the visit at the Frenkel home Barkat held a conversation with Hussein Abu Khdier, the father of the boy Mohammed who was slain on July 2nd. Barkat expressed his participation in the family’s grief and condemned the boy’s murder in the name of Jerusalem’s residents, calling it a ‘severe and barbaric act of murder’.

Barkat said that “it is important to bring the killers to justice quickly and restore calm to the neighborhood of Shuafat and Jerusalem.”

At the end of the conversation Barkat suggested that Abu Khdier and Frenkel talk; they both responded to his offer and comforted each other.

Frenkel expressed his sorrow to Abu Khdier and told him: “As one who has experienced the loss of a young man, our family understands the magnitude of the loss and difficulty, and we express our utter opposition to any act of violence whether by Jews or by Arabs.”

Frenkel reminded Hussein that “as soon as we heard of the murder, the family announced that it condemns any expression of violence and revenge for the murder of the three boys.”

Jerusalem’s Birthday Brings Out City’s Best

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The 47th anniversary commemorations of Jerusalem’s historic and dramatic reunification under Jewish sovereignty – nearly 2,000 years after the destruction of the Holy Temple – were appropriately joyous. They brought to the fore nearly every aspect of the momentous process that has brought us to where we are today.

In fact, Mayor Nir Barkat’s office – to be precise, his International Media Spokesperson, Brachie Sprung – compiled an impressive list of the city’s accomplishments and little-known information in honor of the occasion.

Most of the items are quite striking, and make a very strong case for the retention of Israeli sovereignty over united Jerusalem as the best thing for the city. Some of them, however, are just plain fascinating; who knew, for example, that 34.9 kilometers of stairs are available as shortcuts for the convenience of residents?

Among the more significant items on the long list of modern Jerusalem’s notable features are these:

  • 92% of Jerusalem’s residents are happy with their lives.
  • Half the people moving to Jerusalem are aged 20-34.
  • The number of young people leaving the city has declined by approximately 70 percent in the past four years.
  • Some 2,335 new immigrants settled in Jerusalem during 2013 – 13 percent of all new immigrants to Israel and more than Tel Aviv and Haifa combined.
  • A record number of new building projects began in the capital during 2013, breaking the previous record that stood for 20 years.
  • Approximately 7 million people visited cultural events, festivals and cultural institutions in the city during 2013.
  • Hi-tech revenue in Jerusalem was nearly NIS 12 billion last year, compared with NIS 6.7 billion in Tel Aviv and NIS 7 billion in Haifa. The city is constructing nearly 1,000 new acres for businesses and employment, which will add 100,000 new jobs to the city.
  • Some 30,000 runners took part in the fourth International Jerusalem Marathon this year, 2,500 of whom were from 54 countries around the world. The Marathon was selected as one of the ten best international spring races in the world by a prominent British running magazine.
  • Jerusalem is Israel’s largest city – almost 31,000 acres large.
  • The new HaMesilah Park – 7 kilometers of bicycle paths, lawns, playgrounds and sports facilities – passes through seven city neighborhoods, from Liberty Bell Park to Malcha.
  • Education in the state and state-religious sectors, measured in number of students, has seen continuous growth over the past four years, following 15 years of decline.
  • There are approximately 2,000 archeological sites in Jerusalem

Should the City be Divided?

Allow us to add the following tidbits:

A study publicized by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs shows that more Arabs in eastern Jerusalem would prefer to become citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a new Palestinian state. Forty percent said they would probably or definitely move in order to live under Israeli, rather than Palestinian, rule.

In addition, 44 percent of Jerusalem Arabs say they are very or somewhat satisfied with their standard of living – significantly higher than Arab world populations. Only about 30 percent sympathize with either Fatah or Hamas or the Israeli Arab Islamic movement.

Three-quarters of eastern Jerusalem Arabs are at least a little concerned, and more than half are more than a little concerned, that they would lose their ability to write and speak freely if they became citizens of a PLO state rather than remaining under Israeli control.

In honor of Jerusalem Day, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a series of Cabinet decisions to strengthen the city. Two sample projects: The Tiferet Yisrael synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City will be rebuilt, as was the Hurva Synagogue in 2010. Both of them were major landmarks in Jerusalem’s physical and spiritual skyline before being destroyed by Arab forces during War of Independence in 1948. The city will also assist in completing the construction of a national archaeological center in the area of the museums, including storage facilities for the country’s treasures, the scientific archive and an advanced archaeological library.

Yes Planet Multiplex to Overlook Old City of Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

The city of Jerusalem has big plans for the Sherover Promenade overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem, with a new multiplex to include an IMAX theater.

The 28,500-square meter facility will be only part of a comprehensive tourism and cultural complex expected to begin at the Jaffa Gate.

The complex will run past the Sultan’s Pool, continue past the Cinamateque, the Khan Theater and the old Ottoman Train Station (now filled with kitschy little shoppes and restaurants), to the promenade, from Abu Tor to Armon Hanatziv.

The six-floor multiplex is to be built jointly by Yes Planet together with its mother company Cinema City International NV and will include a 400-space, three-level parking garage as well as a nearby parking lot to relieve the crazy traffic congestion that drivers traveling into the capital fear most of all.

The NIS 150 million multiplex will feature 16 screens, four auditoriums, an IMAX theater and a DX4 multidimensional movie auditorium in addition to showrooms, art exhibition space, cafes, restaurants, commercial space, book and music stores.

In addition to Sherover Foundation chairman Uzi Wexler, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told reporters this week that he feels the ‘shidduch’ with Yes Planet and the movie scene is simply a good fit.

“The new Sherover-Yes Planet Center will add to Jerusalem’s cultural renaissance and to the countless cultural sites that have opened in the city in the past few years,” Barkat said. Yes Planet CEO Moshe (Mooky) Greidinger added that the state-of-the-art technologies featured in the complex will make the cinematic experience especially enjoyable for the multiplex consumer.

U.S. Drama Series by ‘Homeland’ Writer to Be Filmed In Jerusalem

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

A new drama series to be aired on the NBC subsidiary USA Network will be the first American television series to be filmed  in Israel, and most of the scenes will be in eastern Jerusalem.

“Dig” will be filmed in the City of David national park located in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem as well as the Old City. The series will be produced by Gideon Raff, screenwriter of the Israeli series “Hatufim,” which is aired in the United States as “Homeland” and co-written by “Heroes” writer Tim Kring, a co-creator of “Homeland.”

The first six episodes have been purchased without buying a pilot.

The series, which will feature Israeli and American actors, deals with an American FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who worked to bring the project to Jerusalem, said, “The new series is a significant milestone on the road as Jerusalem becomes an attractive location for international productions. Jerusalem’s rich history attracts series and films with great stories to tell.”

The filing in Silwan will present challenge for security forces because it has been a source of hundreds of violent rock-throwing attacks on Jewish motorists and has caused several serious injuries to drivers and passengers who sometimes barely escape ambushes on narrow streets in the area.

Barkat Wins Tough Race in Capital

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Israel’s 183 local governments were elected on Tuesday as Israelis across the country voted to determine local mayors and council members. In Jerusalem, a city of 550,000 residents, Nir Barkat was re-elected to another 5-year term in one of the mostly hotly contested races in the country against newcomer Moshe Leon, who was backed by two national political figures.

Tel Aviv incumbent, Ron Huldai who has served at the city’s mayor since 1998 was also re-elected over popular Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz, while in Haifa, Mayor Yona Yahav was able to defeat rival Yaakov Borovsky.  Israel’s three largest cities were able to retain their incumbent mayors.

Bat Yam also re-elected Mayor Shlomo Lahiani, who had been forced to resign his position by the High Court of Justice on Sunday.

In Jerusalem, Barkat had lead the way, with 55% of the votes while rival Moshe Lion garnered 41%, a difference of around some 12,000 votes.  Lion’s backer Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman had hoped a Lion victory would give him political momentum to challenge Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s leadership, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Voter turn-out in Jerusalem was relatively low (35.9%) while higher than Tel Aviv’s 31%. In general, voter turn-out is traditionally much lower than national elections.

According to Israel’s Ministry of Interior, the country’s highest voter turnout was seen in Arab cities, with voter turnout in Kfar Kara at 94%, Saknin, 78% and Hurfeish with 77%.

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat delivered his victory speech in the wee hours of the morning. At 3:45 AM, he spoke at a Jerusalem club, telling supporters that “Jerusalem was victorious.”

Barkat promised that he “won’t leave any sector, any tribe behind” and that “there’s a lot more work to do” in the next five years of his term. Thanking residents for their votes in a tough re-election campaign, Barkat stated that “I want to hug all the residents of Jerusalem.”

Moshe Lion Claims Dirty Politics by Barkat’s Team in Jerusalem Race

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Last week Jerusalem mayoral candidate Moshe Lion took a hit after the publication of Aryeh Deri’s statement on the race for Jerusalem’s mayor and what it means for national politics. This week Moshe Lion’s team have gone on the offensive, and are taking a shot at mayoral incumbent Nir Barkat.

Shas’s Aryeh Deri and Yisrael Beteinu’s Avigdor Liberman are strongly supporting Moshe Lion for the position of mayor of Jerusalem, in what is part of a larger battle in national coalition politics.

Aryeh Deri’s backing of Lion has hurt the candidate in National-Religious circles, where Deri is not looked upon favorably.

Since the death of Rav Ovadia, Shas is a less than united party, and there exists opportunities for outsiders to exploit those deep divisions and dislike of Aryeh Deri by many of those within the Shas party. The politically astute Aryeh Deri is in a weakened political position due to the death of the party’s spiritual head, and he needs this win to consolidate his power base around him.

Channel 2 reported on a recording of Kobi Kahlon, Barkat’s #4 on his City Council list, offering a Shas official control over the Hareidi Education portfolio and other committees in exchange for Shas’s support in the elections.

Lion’s people say this is proof that Barkat is selling out the residents of Jerusalem for the Chareidi vote.

Others might use the phrase “divide and conquer”.

JewishPress.com received the following quote from a spokesperson in the Moshe Lion campaign:

“Finally, Barkat’s true face has been revealed. While he accuses others of secret deals that don’t exist, except in his imagination, he is behind closed doors offering a blank cheque to the Haredim if they will just support him. This conversation represents merely the tip of the iceberg and is widely representative of the type of crooked conversations that have been taking place over the last few months and have already secured Barkat significant Haredi support. Just as he won the last election through backroom deals with the Haredim, Barkat is hoping to buy the elections at the expense of the residents of Jerusalem.”

Elections are on Tuesday.

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