Italian PM Slams UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution as ‘Unacceptable’

The Jerusalem Post reports: In a sign that European countries may be increasing their support for Israel’s battle against UNESCO’s Jerusalem resolutions, Italy announced on Friday that it would vote against such texts in the future.

These resolutions are “incomprehensible, unacceptable and wrong,” Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (pictured) told an Italian Radio station during a visit to Brussels. Earlier this week he was in Washington, where he was honored with a state dinner at the White House.

Renzi’s decision increases to seven the small bloc of six-countries that have opposed these resolutions.

Ultimately, if Israel plans to defeat such resolutions it will need countries to follow Italy’s lead, rather than Mexico’s, which made headlines earlier this week when it withdrew its support from the Jerusalem text.

Mexico, however, doesn’t plan to oppose the measure, intending instead to take the neutral position of abstaining. Such abstentions help Israel secure a moral victory, but ultimately do not help it defeat such Jerusalem resolutions which ignore Jewish and Christian ties to Temple Mount, referring to it solely by its Muslim name of Al Haram Al Sharif.

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