Last September, Jeffrey Goldberg kicked off his interview with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the CityLab Conference with this ominous descriptor: "You're the only mayor I can think of who governs a city where the end of the world could take place. In other words, the act of a single religious fanatic of any faith could trigger a regional conflagration, something even worse."
After Goldberg finished his table-setter, Barkat, a former venture capitalist who fancies his city to be more of a brand than a powder keg, pushed back. "That's an interesting introduction, I have to admit," he said to laughter.
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