Arab League Stalls Israeli Attempt to Block UNESCO Motion Erasing Jewish Ties to Jerusalem

A Palestinian man stands by a door at the golden dome of the Dome of the Rock mosque on the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in Jerusalem's Old City, on September 29, 2015.

The Jerusalem Post reports: UNESCO’s executive board is expected on Tuesday to ratify last week’s resolution ignoring Jewish ties to the Temple Mount after the Arab group of UNESCO member states, led by Morocco, blocked Israel’s attempt to delay the vote, diplomatic sources told the Jerusalem Post.

Two countries friendly to Israel were expected to ask executive board chairman Michael Worbs to move the vote to another date in light of the uproar that had been caused by Thursday’s preliminary vote, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

It was expected that Worbs would agree, they added.

Worbs had given a number of interviews to the media in which he apologized for the vote and expressed his disappointment in it.

In particular, he wanted to see a text approved that had the consensus of all 58 executive board members. He was unhappy that the vote was divided, passing on Thursday with 24 member states supporting the measure, 26 abstaining. Two member states were absent during the vote.

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