In its new campaign platform, the Labor Party supports giving up Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem
in a final deal with the Palestinians, a Labor lawmaker said Friday.
The platform, to be officially presented Sunday, will state that Labor backs a "united Jerusalem consisting of its Jewish neighborhoods," lawmaker Yuli Tamir
told The Associated Press.
"This is a statement that we are willing to give up the Muslim neighborhoods of Jerusalem in order to strengthen the Jewish majority."
According to a poll
published Thursday, six out of 10 Israeli Jews would be willing to give up Arab neighborhoods in east Jerusalem
as part of a final peace deal with the Palestinians, but few would give up the Old City
, site of Judaism's holiest shrine, the Western Wall.
The new platform marked the first time that a mainstream Israeli party said as part of campaign that it would be willing to give up parts of Jerusalem.