Four Knesset members from the ruling Kadima party met in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss ways to thwart Vice Prime Minister Haim Ramon's proposal to cede parts of Jerusalem as part of a comprehensive peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Following the meeting, which took place at the home of Jerusalem city council member Nir Barkat, MKs Otniel Schneller, Eli Aflalo, Ze'ev Elkin and Marina Solodkin announced the establishment of forum in support of a "unified Jerusalem".
Barkat said following the meeting that the forum would work toward "removing the issue of Jerusalem from the political agenda and emboldening the government's official position on the capital's unification".
MK Elkin said, "I would expect Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to reject the plan unequivocally, but unfortunately that hasn't happened. This plan is a deviation from the party's platform."
A number of cabinet ministers also slammed Ramon's proposal during a Kadima convention held last week.
"Jerusalem is not a piece of real estate, and no one has the authority to redivide it," Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz said.