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Israel to Withhold $1M in UN Funding after UNESCO Vote

Netanyahu called the UNESCO resolution "absurd" and said the agency's "systematic harassment" of Israel had a price

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, gestures during a speech at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner
3 months ago

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will withhold $1 million in payments to the United Nations following a resolution adopted by its cultural agency that he says diminishes Jewish ties to Jerusalem.

 


Netanyahu called the UNESCO resolution “absurd” and said the agency’s “systematic harassment” of Israel had a price. Speaking at a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Netanyahu says Israel will not sit idly by as a U.N. organization tries to negate its sovereignty in Jerusalem.

The UNESCO resolution criticized Israeli excavations in east Jerusalem as a violation of international law. Israel has long complained about bias at U.N. forums, feeling outnumbered by Arab nations and their supporters.

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