Netanyahu Statement on UNESCO Decision

October 13, 2016

To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost the modicum of legitimacy it had left. ​

Following the preliminary adoption by the Executive Board of UNESCO of theresolution which ignores the ties of the Jewish people to its most holy sites - the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem - Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following statement at the beginning of the Bible study group at Prime Minister's residence:​​

"The UNESCO theater of the absurd continues. 

Today that organization adopted another delusional decision that states that the Jewish People have no connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall. 

Even if they do not read the Bible, I would suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome. The Arch shows what the Romans brought back to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Second Temple on the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago. There, engraved on the Arch of Titus, is the seven-branched menorah that is the symbol of the Jewish People, and today is the symbol of the State of Israel. 

Soon, UNESCO will decide that Emperor Titus engaged in Zionist propaganda. 

To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China or that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO has lost the modicum of legitimacy it had left. 

But I believe that historical truth is stronger and that truth will prevail. And today we are dealing with the truth."