Mayor Nir Barkat.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
After almost 10 years as mayor of Jerusalem (preceded by five years as head of the opposition at city council), Nir Barkat has announced that he is moving to the national level of Israeli politics, as a member of the Likud. During these years at Safra Square, he had his successes, such as:1) The Barkat Effect: A young, successful hi-tech “golden boy,” secular and rich, he believed that being Jerusalem’s mayor when it seemed doomed to become the next Bnei Brak was important enough to devote a decade of his life to it (with no salary). He has had a tremendous impact. No fewer than six candidates for the position, four of them secular, are the direct result of Barkat’s engagement with the city.