The World Jewish Congress (WJC) board of governors is to meet Tuesday night and may introduce a resolution stating that Jerusalem is Israel's undivided and eternal capital. Kadima Knesset Member Shai Hermesh, a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza in the western Negev, prevented the Jerusalem chapter of the WJC from voting on the resolution, but Likud backers may try to pass the resolution at the board meeting of all chapters.
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been positioning himself against criticism on his proposal to divide Jerusalem, although he declared two years ago that it is Israel's "eternal and undivided" capital. The Prime Minister earlier this month canceled a planned speech to the WJC board of governors after it released an open letter urging him to consider world Jewish opinion during his talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Surveys have shown that an overwhelming majority of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora are against dividing the city and ceding parts of the capital to the PA.