Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat posted a video on his Facebook page on Thursday welcoming Donald Trump's planned inauguration on Friday as the United States' 45th president.
In his message, translated into English with subtitles, Barkat, who has sought to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership of the right-wing Likud party, lambastes the outgoing Obama administration.
He accuses Obama of seeking to stop settlement building, of having "surrendered to the Iranians and radical Islam" and "abandoning" Israel to a United Nations Security Council resolution last month against settlements built in occupied territory.
"During the last eight years the Obama administration has pushed for" a settlement freeze, Barkat says.
Barkat urges supporters to join in signing a thank you letter to Trump for his pledge to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
"Let's all welcome him as our friend," Barkat says.
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