Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in response to Trump’s announcement:
“President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a historic declaration that sends a clear message to the entire world that the United States stands alongside the Jewish people, the State of Israel and Jerusalem.
As a gesture and expression of the courageous friendship between the American people and the people of Israel, we decided to illuminate the walls of the Old City with the American and Israeli flags. The Old City, the Western Wall and the Temple Mount are the ultimate symbols of the strength and connection of the Jewish people to Jerusalem for over 3,000 years. Shecheyanu – that we have lived to see this day!”