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Jerusalem Mayoral Candidate Nir Barkat campaigns in Jerusalem
Secular Jerusalem Mayoral Candidate Nir Barkat visits a campaign center in central Jerusalem, November 11, 2008. Jerusalem residents are voting for a new mayor in the municipal elections. The mayoral candidates include Nir Barkat, a secular high tech investor, Arkadi Gaydamak, a Russian billionaire and an Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi Meir Porush. (UPI Photo/Debbie Hill
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Nir Barkat (Hebrew: ניר ברקת‎; born 19 October 1959) is an Israeli businessman, politician and mayor of Jerusalem.

Nir Barkat was born in 1959 and raised in Jerusalem. His father, Zalman, was a professor of physics at the Hebrew University. He served in the Paratroopers Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces for six years (1977–83), as well as reserve duty, and reached the rank of Major.

Barkat received his bachelor degree in computer science at Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

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