Prime Minister Netanyahu gave an official response to UNESCO’s latest anti-Israel resolution, announcing an additional cut of funds from Israel’s UN membership, the funds to be used to establish a museum of Jewish heritage.
Netanyahu began by reading a passage from Genesis 23, stating “I would like to read from Genesis 23:16-19: ‘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.’”
He went on to speak of the Jewish people’s connection to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the traditional burial place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca and Jacob and Leah. He stated “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. Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site.”
He announced the cutting of an additional $1 million in UN membership fees, stating “In the wake of this resolution I decided to cut an additional $1 million from Israel’s UN membership dues and transfer the funds to the establishment of “The Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hebron”. The money will also serve additional heritage initiatives related to Hebron…”
Netanyahu stated that Israel will continue to “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 regarding the absence of a connection to Jerusalem.”
He also announced “Therefore today I have instructed that procedures be completed for the construction of the Kedem Center for displaying the historical and archaeological findings for the City of David. 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.”
Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted in a secret ballot Friday passing a resolution which claims the Old City of Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as a “Palestinian World Heritage Site”.
The anti-Israel resolution passed despite Israel’s lobbying efforts, a reported twelve states voting in favor and only three opposing and six abstaining. Croatia, Jamaica and Poland requested the vote be taken by secret ballot.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, July 10, 2017, and reposted with permission.