Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hosted Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders for a special New Year's ceremony on Thursday. The Jerusalem Municipality stated that the event has been held for the past thirty years. The municipality said that the event "was attended by dozens of leaders from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities, in addition to foreign consuls and diplomats stationed in Israel. This popular event is a testament to the success of interfaith relations and coexistence between the Municipality, Mayor Barkat and various religious leaders in Jerusalem."
The Municipality added that this past month the Mayor visited Christian sites for Christmas stating, "coexistence plays an important role in promoting Jerusalem's success as a cultural, business and tourism hub. I would like for all residents –from all faiths– to feel safe, protected and satisfied living in Jerusalem. I attach great importance to deepening the dialogue with religious leaders from all sectors in order to discuss the challenges and opportunities that exist within the city."