UNESCO Declares Israel's Sovereignty Over Jerusalem 'Null and Void'

Cheryl Sanders
May 8, 2017

Twenty-two states voted in favor of the decision, which refers to Israel as an occupying power and declares all its legislative and administrative measures in Jerusalem "null and void".

The resolution, which is renewed periodically, passed with 22 votes for and 10 against with 23 abstentions and three absentees out of 58 member states.

"This systematic harassment has a price", said Netanyahu, telling ministers he had ordered the foreign ministry to "cut an additional Dollars 1 million from the money Israel transfers to the United Nations".

"Yesterday, UNESCO again passed a delusional resolution regarding Israel's status in Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish People for 3,000 years", Netanyahu said, adding, "I very much appreciate the across-the-board unity of nearly all political parties in rejecting this absurd decision".

The agreement, which was promoted by Germany, called for Arab states to agree to the softer wording in exchange for the European countries' commitment to support the resolution or abstain from voting.

The Swedish ambassador to Israel, Carl Magnus Nesser, was reportedly summoned by Israel's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday for a reprimand over his country's vote in favor of a contentious UNESCO resolution which denied Israeli legal and historical claims to its capital of Jerusalem. "To take this vote on Israel's Independence Day is a particularly new low". They said the resolution remains political in character and still includes criticism of Israel.

"UNESCO rejects Israel's measures and occupation of East Jerusalem in milestone resolution adopted with significant majority. We celebrated a hope which came true: to be a free people in our land, in Jerusalem", Rivlin said.

UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, France.

"However, for the countries voting tomorrow, I must say in the clearest terms: If you cherish history and affirm UNESCO's duty to respect historical truth, there is no choice other than to vote against this latest attempt to subvert worldwide institutions in order to attack Israel".

Netanyahu noted during Wednesday's meeting that more countries opposed the resolution passed Tuesday than the one passed past year and that fewer countries supported it. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Netanyahu says Israel will not sit idly by as a United Nations organization tries to negate its sovereignty in Jerusalem.

Israel will withhold $1 million in its funding for the United Nations following the passage of a resolution that condemns the country's sovereignty in Jerusalem.

"Canada was one of the first countries to officially recognize Israel, and we are proud to call Israel our partner and call Israelis our friends".

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