Af­ter He­bron Vote, Ne­tanyahu Protests “Delu­sional” UNESCO

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: TPS

Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu read from the Bi­ble at the weekly Cab­i­net meet­ing Sun­day to protest what he called UNESCO’s “delu­sional res­o­lu­tion” to list the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs in He­bron as a Pales­tinian her­itage site.

Quot­ing from the To­rah por­tion Chayei Sarah, Gen­e­sis 23:16-19, Ne­tanyahu read the story of Abra­ham’s pur­chase of the Mach­pelah Cave from Ephron the Hit­tite in He­bron for 400 shekels of sil­ver.

And Abra­ham hear­kened unto Ephron; and Abra­ham weighed to Ephron the sil­ver, which he had named in the hear­ing of the chil­dren of Heth, four hun­dred shekels of sil­ver, cur­rent money with the mer­chant…And af­ter this, Abra­ham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Mach­pelah be­fore Mamre–the same is He­bron–in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is therein, were made sure unto Abra­ham for a pos­ses­sion of a bury­ing-place by the chil­dren of Heth.

“The con­nec­tion be­tween the Jew­ish Peo­ple and He­bron and the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs is one of pur­chase and of history which may be with­out par­al­lel in the history of peo­ples,” Ne­tanyahu said.

The prime min­is­ter added: “Of course this did not pre­vent the UNESCO World Her­itage Com­mit­tee (WHC) last Fri­day from pass­ing yet an­other delu­sional res­o­lu­tion, this one de­ter­min­ing that the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs… is a Pales­tinian her­itage site.”

The WHC voted to reg­is­ter the Old City of He­bron – in­clud­ing the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs – un­der the “State of Pales­tine” in a se­cret bal­lot held at its an­nual meet­ing in Krakow, Poland. The mo­tion passed with 12 coun­tries vot­ing in fa­vor, three against and six ab­stain­ing.

Ne­tanyahu re­peated his de­ci­sion from im­me­di­ately af­ter the vote Fri­day to cut an ad­di­tional $1 mil­lion from Is­rael’s UN mem­ber­ship dues to fund the es­tab­lish­ment of “The Mu­seum of the Her­itage of the Jew­ish Peo­ple in Kiryat Arba and He­bron”. Is­rael has now cut $10 mil­lion in pay­ments to the UN since last De­cem­ber and now pays only $1.7 mil­lion out of $11.7 mil­lion due.

“Against UNESCO’s de­nial, Is­rael will present to the world the his­tor­i­cal truth and the Jew­ish Peo­ple’s deep con­nec­tion – of thou­sands of years – to He­bron just as we did with UNESCO’s other delu­sional de­ci­sion

pro­ce­dures to move ahead with con­struc­tion of the Ke­dem Cen­ter in Jerusalem for dis­play­ing the his­tor­i­cal and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal find­ings for the City of David. The 16,000 square meter cen­ter will be built out­side the Old City walls at the en­trance to the con­tested neigh­bor­hood of Sil­wan.

“This will be an im­pres­sive struc­ture with ex­ten­sive dis­plays. The en­tire world will see the truth and the first vis­i­tors whom I will in­vite there will be UNESCO and UN del­e­ga­tions.”

Prime Min­is­ter Binyamin Ne­tanyahu read from the Bi­ble at the weekly Cab­i­net meet­ing Sun­day to protest what he called UNESCO’s “delu­sional res­o­lu­tion” to list the Tomb of the Pa­tri­archs in He­bron as a Pales­tinian her­itage site. Photo Credit: Chaim Blay­cher/TPS

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