Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat wrote a scathing letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday after two months of talks with the Finance Ministry to provide funding to strengthen the capital reached a dead end.
Barkat urged the prime minister to personally intervene in the issue, writing, "We've had enough of talk and public declarations about the importance of Jerusalem and its status. The time has come for action. Continued ignoring of Jerusalem's needs will constitute a victory for terrorism."
The mayor stressed in his letter that "once again this year we have come to a situation in which Israel's capital is forced to battle against the Treasury in order to get the budget it deserves. The Finance Ministry avoided supporting the strengthening of Jerusalem and providing the minimum required budget to do so. Strengthening the city will not only benefit its residents, it is an utmost national priority. I would expect the Finance Ministry to support and help in these important steps to strengthen the city without forcing us time after time to beg for the city's sake."