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1 Conference On The Status Of Jerusalem Under International Law And Future Options For The City 4/22/12 Options for the Future Status of Jerusalem Shaul Arieli

2 The premise The feasibility of a permanent status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians without a Palestinian capital city in Jerusalem is slim to none.

3 Plans Vs. Reality The unification, expansion and development of Jerusalem has been led by national considerations, more often than municipal ones In fact, a substantial amount of Israeli interests never materialized and current trends are threatening Israeli interests

4 Expanding the City Borders Urgency Military Commission 38 Sq.Km 70 Sq.Km 6 Sq.Km

5 Expanding the City Borders Security and Strategy In practice, the areas are populated

6 Expanding the City Borders Territorial-Demographic In fact, percentage of Palestinians rose from 26% to 37% 196k Isr. 69k Pal.

7 Expanding the City Borders Land Ownership In practice: Overwhelmingly realized

8 “Lock” Neighborhoods In practice: Executed and created a sequence of urban Jewish residential block Development of the City and its surroundings –

9 Development of the City and its surroundings – The “Ring” Neighborhoods In practice: mostly executed Beit Lehem Ramallah

10 The Satellite Cities In practice: accomplished without creating a sequence of urban Jewish settlements Development of the City and its surroundings –

11 Security and Politics In actual fact, it includes East Jerusalem Political-Demographic Barrier –

12 Demography In practice: No change in the city or its residents’ status Political-Demographic Barrier –

13 A United Jerusalem? In practice, the Palestinian's fabric of life is mostly separate: 1. Citizenship 2. Municipal electoral participation 3. Education system 4. Public transport 5. Trade & leisure areas 6. Employment sectors

14 A United Jerusalem? 1. 78% of all residents, and 84% of children below poverty line 2. Expropriation of 14,000 Palestinians residency 3. A shortage of 1,000 classrooms thousand inhabitants outside the wall thousand housing units for Jews and 4 thousand for Arabs 6. Lack of: Post Sewage Hospitals Employment Areas

15 "I think Jerusalem is progressing In many ways ”, says Olmert and immediately qualifies. “…I refer to Jerusalem that is West Jerusalem. I mean the neighborhoods inhabited by Jews, including those not part of the city until In what concerns other parts of Jerusalem, where Jews don’t live, there is not much change. I have come to very somber conclusions regarding the future of Jerusalem as a unified city…since 1967 no Israeli government has taken concrete measure required for the practical unification of the city. …including the government headed by myself which did not pursue all that is needed to unify Jerusalem. Although we invested in Jerusalem, we consciously focused on western parts of the city and on new neighborhoods like Har Homa, Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramot and Gilo, and we avoided investing in areas I see as not being part of a future Jerusalem governed by the state of Israel.” Ehud Olmert, May 2012

16 Solution Patterns

17 Partial division – distinction between the neighborhoods and the Historic Basin

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19 Internationalization of the Historic Basin

20 The Division of the Historic Basin

21 “I was within reach of a peace agreement. The Palestinians never rejected my claims. Even if some incessantly continue to argue my claims were rejected, that was not the case in reality. They did not accept my claims, and there is a difference. They did not accept them because the negotiations were not completed, they were on the verge of completion. Had I stayed on as Premier for another 4 to 6 months, I believe an agreement could have been reached. The gaps were minor, we reached the very final straight” Ehud Olmert, May 2012

22 Thank you


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