Meanwhile, Charles Levinson notes that Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman favors withdrawing from Jerusalem's outer Arab neighborhoods. I don't know if that contradicts earlier statements, but it is in line with his broader proposals for handing over Arab areas of Israel to a Palestinian state as part of a separation of peoples. The right is going ballistic, which is predictable but still irritates me simply because most Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem only became part of the city when they were annexed to it in the immediate aftermath of the Six Day War. In any case, the real question is whether Lieberman is willing to move on his current stance regarding the Old City. If he does, then he could probably bring his party with him, which might be enough for Olmert to squeak something through after all.
(Crossposted to American Footprints)