Knesset Member Says He’ll Discuss ‘Scandalous’ UNESCO Vote with Russians’

Palestinian worshipers pray outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem during the third Friday prayers of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on July 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: The chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Avi Dichter (Likud), said Sunday that he would speak with his Russian counterparts about their support for the “scandalous and unconscionable” resolutions recently passed by UNESCO that ignored the Jewish connection to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security agency, landed in Moscow earlier in the day at the head of a special delegation from the FADC to mark 25 years to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia.

In addition to speaking with members of the Russian foreign affairs committee about Iran and its “destabilizing influence” in the Middle East, Dichter said in a statement, he would broach with them the subject of the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount.

Since Russia is a “friend and partner of the State of Israel,” Dichter said, it was important to him set the record straight that “the UNESCO decision, which the Russians also supported, is in our eyes scandalous and unconscionable.”

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