At the opening of the government meeting Sunday, July 9, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the decision of UNESCO to declare the Old city of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs to Palestinian cultural heritage site of worldwide importance.
Put on a pile, Netanyahu read a passage from the book of Genesis, which tells how Abraham bought the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Prime Minister said, «the Connection of the Jewish people of Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs is a story about the property and history, and perhaps there are similar examples in the history of other peoples. The decision of the UNESCO that we are talking about Palestinian cultural heritage is nonsense».
Netanyahu added that Israel will tell the peoples of the world the historical truth. He said that he ordered to complete the construction of the center «Kedem», in which historical and archaeological artifacts to the City of David. The center is located in the Eastern part of Jerusalem, a Garbage gates of the Old town. «The whole world will see the truth. The first visitors, who I’ll invite there will be delegations to UNESCO and the UN,» Netanyahu said.
The vote in UNESCO was held last Friday, July 7. For approval of the resolution required a two-thirds vote of the 21 members of world heritage Committee of UNESCO. The decision was taken by 12 votes in favor and three votes against, and six abstentions.
The recognition of the Old city of Hebron and the cave of the Patriarchs by a Palestinian cultural heritage was submitted by the representatives of the Palestinian authority. The paper argues that this area is under threat, and that Israel inflicts damage to property located in the Old city of Hebron. Thus Hebron was referred to as the Islamic city and denying the connection of the Jews with him.
After the vote, Netanyahu said that he will reduce the amount transferred by Israel to the UN, one million dollars and direct these funds to support projects for the preservation of Jewish heritage in Hebron. In particular, the money will be spent on the creation of the Museum of Jewish heritage in Kiryat Arba and Hebron.