Barkat at 9/11 memorial: I know this pain well

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat tells of his experience being in New Jersey on 9/11. 'There is a deep sense of empathy between our peoples.'

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke today at a memorial service at the Jewish National Fund 9/11 Living Memorial for the victims of the attacks in New York and Washington, marking the 15-year anniversary.

Mayor Barkat spoke about his own experience on the day, in which he was in New York for business meetings, and the shared experience of Israel and the US, Jerusalem and New York, in confronting and combating terror.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I landed in New York for a few days of business meetings.

I sat with my business partners in New Jersey overlooking Manhattan. In the middle of the meeting, we heard that the Twin Towers had been hit. When we went outside, we saw the Towers engulfed in flames, then fall. That Tuesday was one of the toughest and saddest days of my life.

In the days that followed, I saw the grief & the pain, but also the bravery of the men and women of New York, fighting day by day to put their city back on track.

As a Jerusalemite, as an Israeli, I felt a deep connection. I know this pain well. I felt it with you.

As Mayor of Jerusalem, I know you feel the same when terror strikes our city. There is a deep sense of empathy, of understanding, of friendship between our peoples. This profound connection led us to develop the only 9/11 memorial outside US, here in Jerusalem.

From here we stand together with NY, with shared values, a shared purpose for creating a better world, sharing our pain together for the loss of our loved ones, with a shared clear message of combating terror globally.

The strategic goal of the terrorists who killed thousands on that fateful day in September was to destroy our way of life! They seek to turn our streets into battlefields, our freedoms into fear, our unity into discord.

They failed. They failed in New York, and they failed in Jerusalem. They failed in Paris, in Brussels and all around the globe.

Hatred did not win 15 years ago. hatred does not win today. Hatred will fail in the future. Each time the terrorists seek to hurt us, to target our civilians, to strain our bonds of friendship around the world, we have stood together.

We have shown the terrorists that they will not tear us apart. They will not destroy our way of life. They will not win.

On behalf of the residents of Jerusalem and Israel, We stand together, we remember together.

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