Jerusalem city hall in Safra Square.
(photo credit: DANIEL BARÁNEK/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)
Once upon a time, a new era appeared on the Jerusalem horizon, full of promise of cooperation and partnership between the residents and the authorities. Full transparency, full coordination with the local councils and various local associations – these were to be the hallmarks of a strong alliance between the residents of the city and the new tenants of Safra Square, led by Mayor Nir Barkat.Almost a full decade has passed since Barkat was elected. Some of his promises have been implemented, others have fallen by the wayside, but in what might be the most significant deviation from what was to have been a new spirit of leadership, a glass panel is being erected to separate the council members from their public – the residents of this city.
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