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Israel to withhold $1M in funding after UNESCO vote

In response, Netanyahu described the resolution as "bizarre", adding that "this harassment has a price".

"In the wake of the resolution, I have instructed Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem to deduct $1 million from the funds that Israel transfers to the UN". Netanyahu previously ordered $6 million to be cut from the funds in tranfers to the United Nations after the passing of Security Council Resolution 2334 against settlements in the West Bank.

Israeli officials criticised Unesco for holding the vote yesterday, Israel's Independence Day.

"The result is that the number of countries supporting this absurd vote in UNESCO is getting smaller". "A year ago 32 states supported it".

Jordan on Wednesday said UNESCO's vote in favour of a Jerusalem item in the draft resolution "Occupied Palestine" reasserting previous decisions, shows growing world commitment to this very important issue.

Twenty countries voted in favor of the resolutions, while 10 opposed and 23 abstained.

Vice President Mike Pence, right, is introduced to speak by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, in the Indian Treaty Room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, .

The Palestinians see Jerusalem as their future capital.

Tel Aviv - Israel showed off its new F-35 stealth fighter jets recently delivered from the USA on Tuesday as part of an air show marking its annual Independence Day celebrations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Tel Aviv will cut $1 million in United Nations funding over an anti-Israel resolution recently approved at the world body's cultural agency.

Some Israeli opposition parliament members on Tuesday said that the UNESCO resolution was grounded in anti-Semitism.

"No one, including UNESCO, can rewrite Jewish history".

Israel's Independence Day, Yom Ha'atzmaut, started on Monday at 8 PM. UNESCO proclaimed that "Israel is occupying Jerusalem".

"The proposed resolution will not affect our determination to operate in Jerusalem", it said on Thursday.

Jewish groups also slammed the resolution.

"The State of Israel is a fact".

Trump broke with longtime US policy in February when he withheld clear support for an independent Palestine, saying he could endorse a one-nation solution to the conflict. Such a solution can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties.

"UNESCO has always been politicized and unfortunately has become a tool in the service of Palestinian propaganda against Israel". "This misguided strategy undermines the UNESCO mission, and does nothing to advance the peace that the Palestinians continue to assert they desire".

Trump had pledged during the presidential campaign to move the embassy, if elected.

Throughout the 2016 resolution text, the mosque was only referred to by its Muslim names: al-Aqsa and al-Haram al-Sharif. "Israel will not stand silently by in the face of this shameful resolution".

"It is time to put an end to the absurd". Israel views the entire city as its capital.


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