Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Monday in Washington addressed the possibility of the Trump administration officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital this week and relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
"I turn to you President Trump, on behalf of the city of Jerusalem, the beating heart and soul of the Jewish people for more than 3,000 years," Barkat said, standing in front of the White House. "I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your commitment and intention to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel."
Barkat called possible recognition a "historic step" that would "send a clear message" to the world that the United States stands with Israel and the Jewish people.
"In Jerusalem, we don't cave in to pressure and we don't let threats or violence stop us from doing what is right," Barkat continued.
He concluded his short statement by urging President Trump to do the "right thing" by moving the US embassy
and recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Barkat was in Washington to participate in events and meetings with US senior government officials and Jewish leaders.