Mayor Nir Barkat was a recipient of an honorary degree from YU, and gave an impassioned speech to YU’s Hanukkah Dinner Convocation, speaking about his connection and relationship with Jerusalem.

He said:

“I am so proud and so optimistic. When you walk our streets—where kings and prophets walked thousands of years ago—you see the diverse people of our city living together, thriving together, in our restaurants and theaters, in our hospitals and universities. You understand that Jerusalem is fulfilling its role in the world more and more.”

He also speaks about his memories of the Six Day War as a child and how Jerusalem’s history goes back thousands of years.

Watch Mayor Barkat below, and come hear him speak at our Yom Yerushalayim celebrations in May:

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