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.
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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.