Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem made it clear, Monday morning, that the capital of Israel must remain united forever. Speaking at the 11th Jerusalem Conference, Barkat said that "for more than four billion people in the world it is the center of the world, for all the tribes and all the sectors." He stressed his wish to back Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for standing firm and vigilant against external and internal pressures and thanked Finance Minister Ya'ir Lapid for increasing the size of budget for Jerusalem's development.
The mayor said it was proper for a religious Zionist rabbi to serve alongside a hareidi-religious rabbi as the city's chief rabbis, adding that the process was not far off. He said, "Our challenge is to bring honor to Jerusalem by selecting the rabbis who will know how to embrace and connect all the communities in the city."