Netanyahu cuts $1 million more from UN budget after UNESCO Hebron vote


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on June 18, 2017 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israel will now pay just $1.7m to UN out of required $11.7m following 4 cuts since Dec.; some funds to go instead to build a museum on Jewish heritage in Hebron

BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Friday that Israel would further reduce the amount it gives annually to the United Nations in membership fees by another $1 million following a decision by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to list the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank as an endangered Palestinian world heritage site.

That decision was preceded by a UNESCO resolution Tuesday denying Israeli claims to the Old City of Jerusalem.

In a statement Friday after UNESCO passed its Hebron motion, Netanyahu said the funds would instead go toward “the establishment of a ‘Museum of the Heritage of the Jewish People in Kiryat Arba and Hebron’” and to other projects related to Jewish heritage in Hebron.

“In the face of UNESCO’s denial, the prime minister is determined to present to the whole world the historical truth and the thousands of years of deep Jewish roots in Hebron,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Friday.

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