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PM Netanyahu Statement on UNESCO Hebron Decision

07 July 2017

 

PM Netanyahu Statement on UNESCO Hebron Decision

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Friday, 7 July 2017), issued the following statement about the UNESCO decision:

 

"This is another delusional UNESCO decision.

 

This time they decided that the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Palestinian site, meaning that it is not Jewish, and that the site is in danger. Not a Jewish site?! Who is buried there? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah – our patriarchs and matriarchs! And the site is in danger? It is only in those places where Israel is, such as Hebron, that freedom of religion for all is ensured.

 

In the Middle East, mosques, churches and synagogues in every other place, are being bombed – in places that are not Israel. We will continue to protect the Tomb of the Patriarchs, freedom of religion for all and the truth."

 

 

 

Following UNESCO Hebron Decision: PM Netanyahu Decides to Cut Israel's UN Dues by an Additional $1 Million and to use Funds to Bolster Jewish Heritage Projects in Hebron and Kiryat Arba

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

 

 

Following the resolution passed by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee regarding the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Friday, 7 July 2017), decided to cut an additional $1 million from the membership funds that Israel pays to the UN and to transfer it to the establishment of "The Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hebron" and to additional heritage projects related to Hebron. Against UNESCO's denial of the past, Prime Minister Netanyahu is determined to present to the entire world the historic truth and the Jewish People's deep connection – of thousands of years – to Hebron.