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Jerusalem to take center stage at WJC board meeting

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Article/book #: 77579
Title: Jerusalem to take center stage at WJC board meeting
By: Barak Ravid  
Published in: Ha’aretz
Date of issue: Tuesday, 29 January 2008
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»Negotiations over Jerusalem may take center stage at today's meeting of the World Jewish Congress board of governors: Delegates from rightist political parties are trying to muster a majority for a resolution on the matter that would embarrass Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. At a meeting of the executive of the WJC's Jerusalem chapter yesterday, Yoav Blum, chapter vice chairman and a representative of the Likud Party, proposed submitting a resolution stating that "united Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the state of Israel and must not be divided." But chapter chairman MK Shai Hermesh, of Olmert's Kadima Party, prevented a vote and closed the meeting. In response, some delegates decided to submit the resolution on their own – but only if they are confident of a majority.«

»The WJC's battle over Jerusalem began three weeks ago, when organization president Ron Lauder – who is considered close to Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu – published an open letter urging Olmert to take world Jewish opinion into account during talks over Jerusalem. Olmert subsequently canceled his planned speech to the board of governors, which is meeting at the Inbal Hotel in the capital.«

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