Israeli Leader Naftali Bennett on UNESCO Vote Denying Jerusalem Ties: ‘It’s Meaningless’

AP/Ariel Schalit

The Jerusalem Post reports: UNESCO has no say on the Jewish people’s connection to Israel, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday morning in response to the vote by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization two days earlier to reject Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem.

“This is an empty decision that joins a pile of empty decisions. UNESCO can’t decide if we’re the sovereign or not. It’s like they decided there’s no gravity,” Bennett told Army Radio. “It’s meaningless.” Bennett pointed to the strong bond between Jews and Jerusalem by noting that brides and grooms at Jewish weddings say, “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning.”

During an Independence Day event with foreign diplomats, President Reuven Rivlin, a native Jerusalemite, came out against the UNESCO action and called on nations to move their embassies to the capital.

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