Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Funding for UNESCO will be frozen

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attacked UNESCO, who rejected Israeli sovereignty over Israel's eternal capital city of Jerusalem.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the UNESCO resolution that called Israel an “occupying power” in Jerusalem, the capital city of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years, “delusional” and “absurd.” He added: “I would also like to say that this systematic harassment has a price” for “I instructed the Foreign Ministry to deduct $1 million from the funds that Israel transfers to the UN. Israel will not sit by while the organization calls for the denial of our sovereignty in Jerusalem.”

However, Netanyahu noted that more countries than usual were opposed to the UNESCO resolution: “More countries opposed this resolution than last year and fewer countries supported it.” Netanyahu thanked the United States and other countries that opposed the resolution, noting that Italy was the first European country to vote against such a resolution. He also thanked Greece, Great Britain, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, the Ukraine, Paraguay and Togo, who opposed the resolution. He also thanked the countries that abstained from voting.

“For the first time in UNESCO, more countries voted to oppose or abstained than voted in favor and of course, this is important,” Netanyahu proclaimed. “We are working constantly to increase support for Israel in international bodies in order to reflect our growing status. We also are working to reduce and I hope ultimately to cancel altogether the UN theater of the absurd regarding the State of Israel.”

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