'Outside support is good, but we need to be strong at home'

Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Chagit Moshe talks about Trump's visit to Israel, the Hebrew University's leftist bias, and Jewish identity.

Eliran Aharon ,

Trump at Western Wall
Trump at Western Wall
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Arutz Sheva spoke with Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Chagit Moshe.

Moshe noted that Trump’s recent visit in Jerusalem had led to a greater awareness about Jerusalem around the world.

“‘The Trump effect’ caused greater awareness about the city, its holy sites, the Western Wall - that holy place where we pray, and I think there is a significant statement being conveyed here,” she said.

However, she said that, ultimately, we cannot rely on outside support to assert the connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people. “In the end, we don’t have to wait for statements and strength from the outside. We, as Jews and residents of the state of Israel need to be connected and understand that the Western Wall belongs to all of us, Jerusalem Day and the unification of the city belong to all of us. The backing we get from the outside is always good, but we need to be strong at home on this matter.”

Moshe also related to the Hebrew University’s recent omission of the national anthem from its graduation ceremony. “I condemn [what happened], but I’m happy that it happened,” she said. “It’s the first time that the true face of the heads of the university has been revealed, and I call on prospective students considering where to study next year to take this into consideration. In no other country in the world would heads of the university protest their country’s national anthem and flag. There is a leftist agenda deeply entrenched within the university and the public needs to know about it,” she said.