29.05.2011 25.Ijar, 5771 Tag 40 des Omer
There are two approaches: one calls for offering areas populated in part by Arab citizens of Israel – the 'Umm al-Fahm first' plan – while the other holds that only unpopulated areas should be transferred to the PA.
In the peace agreement to be signed by Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Israel will have to transfer territories to PA sovereignty in return for territories that Israel seeks to attach. In his speech, U.S. President Barack Obama explicitly laid down the principle of a 1:1 land swap. At present, there appears to be no agreement among Israeli policy makers about the character of the territories – the settlement blocs – that Israel seeks to incorporate. Everyone is demarcating the line as he sees fit.
It should be borne in mind that although the public ostensibly agrees that Jerusalem is not in dispute, it appears that if Israel wants to retain the neighborhoods that lie across the 1967 Green Line – Ramat Eshkol, Gilo, Ramot, French Hill, Pisgat Ze'ev, Har Homa and the Jewish Quarter of the Old City – it will have to pay with territory from pre-1967 Israel….