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Mayor of Jerusalem Praises Trump, Says Obama 'Surrendered' to Radical Islam

New Jerusalem mayor-elect Nir Barkat touches the Western Wall, as he prays at Judaism's holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008. Residents of Jerusalem chose Barkat, a secular businessman to lead one of the world's most revered and complicated cities, putting an end to five years of ultra-Orthodox Jewish control, election results showed Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

The mayor of Jerusalem, the only city in the world that’s “holy” in the eyes of followers of not one, not two, but three religions, is thrilled that after today, Barack Obama will no longer be America’s president.

Mayor Nir Barkat released a video in which he disparages the 44th president and makes clear he has much more confidence in his (soon-to-be) successor, Donald Trump.

The video is part of a campaign Barkat kickstarted to encourage Israelis to sign a petition that calls on Trump to make good on his promise to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s real capital: Jerusalem.

“My fellow citizens, during the last eight years, the Obama administration has pushed for a settlement-building freeze, has surrendered to the Iranians and radical Islam and abandoned Israel to a hostile UN resolution,” he says in the video. Next, there are two video clips of Obama. In the first clip, Obama says that “there’s no magic to the phrase radical Islam” and in the second clip he denounces Israeli settlements.

After that, there is video of Donald Trump speaking to an enormous crowd. Then we see images of Trump speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington: “We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.”

Although the left will undoubtedly be angered by Barkat’s welcome video to Trump, it’s difficult if not impossible to blame him for being relieved that Obama’s presidency is finally coming to an end. For decades America was Israel’s most important ally. Under Obama’s leadership, however, the U.S. has switched from supporting Israel to siding with the Arab countries and Iran — countries that want to destroy the Jewish nation. Even NeverTrump conservatives have to admit that, as far as Israel is concerned, today marks a brand new day. America will once again have the back of its most important ally in the Middle East. That’s not a big deal only to Israel and Jerusalem, but also to America herself.