Plan to di­vide Jerusalem

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totheJerusalem­mu­nic­i­palareaafterthe Six-Day War. Wide swathes in East Jerusalem were ap­pro­pri­ated in the past to make way for Jewish neigh­bour­hoods, but in re­cent years all pub­lic build­ing in th­ese ar­eas has stopped. “For all prac­ti­cal pur­poses, Is­rael’s sovereignty in East Jerusalem is a joke,” says a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial, “and that also seems to be the premise of Tur­bovich’s team”.

The Jerusalem In­sti­tute for Is­rael Stud­ies col­lects and analy­ses data on Is­rael’s cap­i­tal. Though widely re­garded as po­lit­i­cally left-lean­ing, it has close re­la­tions with the gov­ern­ment. Last week a se­cret meet­ing took place be­tween a team of the in­sti­tute’s re­searchers and two of Mr Olmert’s clos­est po­lit­i­cal al­lies.

The meet­ing was called to dis­cuss a col­lec­tion of pol­icy pa­pers pre­pared by the in­sti­tute, ti­tled “Part­ing with the Arab Neigh­bour­hoods of Jerusalem”, de­tail­ing the strate­gic, le­gal, so­cial, eco­nomic and de­mo­graphic ram­i­fi­ca­tions of ced­ing the out­ly­ing ar­eas of Jerusalem to the Pales­tinian Author­ity and which neigh­bour­hoods and vil­lages could re­al­is­ti­cally be trans­ferred.

Vice Pre­mier Haim Ra­mon’s brief is to mon­i­tor ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Pales­tini­ans­forMrOlmert,which­makeshimMr Tur­bovich’s di­rect ri­val. Rafi Ei­tan is the Min­is­ter for Jerusalem Af­fairs.

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