Jerusalem Mayor: Violence Won't Get Palestinians Anywhere

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," September 22, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF, “YOUR WORLD”: All right, we cough it up, they just burn it up, not the $3 billion we have given Palestinians over these last 10 years, but our flag, yes, our flag this day. These Palestinian demonstrators lighting up after President Obama gave a thumbs-down to an independent Palestinian state just now.

Reaction from Israel right now in Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat.

Mayor, what did you think of that?

NIR BARKAT, MAYOR OF JERUSALEM, ISRAEL: Well, I think violence is not going to get the Palestinians anywhere.

Last time they tried, and both intifadas, both uprisings, it took them backwards. And I think that violence must get zero gains for people. And also I think that going to the U.N. and trying to twist Israel’s arm through the U.N., going to big brother, will not get a resolution to the conflict.

And it’s a very, very clear message. Stop violence. Come to negotiate a good deal, not a bad deal, and you will find Israel is a great partner for coexistence in our region.

CAVUTO: I’m just beginning to wonder, Mayor. There are a lot of weird things that have been going on. Turkey has been getting very bellicose with Israel. You had this issue where your ambassador had to flee the residence at Cairo, this, goings-on at the U.N... I don’t know. Where there is smoke there is a lot of fire.

BARKAT: Well, it is unfortunate. I think trying to bend our arm will not work. Israel is committed to seek peace. We teach that at schools.

We are not violent. We try to defend ourselves whenever people try to hit us. And hopefully the U.N. and thanks to the U.S. government that understands not to push this region to a bad deal, I believe and hope for better times, that the world will understand that it is not through arm- twisting. It’s through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that will resolve the problem.

CAVUTO: I know you are a half-a-world away, but Iranian President Ahmadinejad had a surreal, bizarre moment speaking at the U.N., where you just had a lot of folks just leaving, where he just dismissed 9/11 and he then dismissed the state of Israel, dismissed the Holocaust and on and on and on.

And in the end he was almost talking to an empty room. And yet this is a guy who has control over, we’re told, eventually technology and weapons that he wants to obliterate you with. What do you make of that?

BARKAT: Well, first of all, I’m proud of the U.N. and the U.S. for letting him speak. It’s a democracy -- will not be allowed in his state, unfortunately, for his people.

And it shows the huge difference and huge gaps between the values of Israel and the United States and the people like Ahmadinejad. I really believe that the world must understand that to get peace in our region, you come and have to train your kids for peace, not to commit suicide. You have to come with an open heart and understand that there is a Jewish state and there is the Arab state next to it and we seek peace, and not through speeches like Ahmadinejad had, you gain peace.

It’s not the right direction. And I am happy that the world recognizes that it is not the right direction.

CAVUTO: All right, we should point out, Mayor, not everyone left that room, but a good many did.

Mayor, it’s always a pleasure. Thank you very much, Mayor Barkat, the Jerusalem mayor.

BARKAT: Thank you so much. Bye-bye.

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