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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Funding for UNESCO will be frozen

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Eleena Tovar | 10 May, 2017, 16:46

In Israel's latest diplomatic spat, officials summoned Carl Magnus Nesser, Sweden's ambassador to Tel Aviv, to express their "disappointment" after Sweden became the only European Union country to vote for the resolution.

"Canada was one of the first countries to officially recognize Israel, and we are proud to call Israel our partner and call Israelis our friends".

"Yesterday, UNESCO again passed a delusional resolution regarding Israel's status in Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years", said Netanyahu.

Israel said Wednesday it would further reduce the amount it pays annually to the United Nations in retaliation for the latest resolution critical of its policies.

Israel has condemned a Unesco resolution that criticises the country's excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem, a flashpoint area holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians alike. Since a law mandating a move of the embassy to Jerusalem was passed by Congress in the mid-1990s, all United States presidents have signed a waiver postponing the law's implementation every six months, citing national security reasons.

In total, Israel remembers 23,544 servicemen and civilians killed since 1860, the year it considers to be the start of the conflict with the Palestinians, when Jews founded the first neighbourhood outside the walls of Jerusalem's Old City.

Rodica Radian-Gordon, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy director-general for Europe, and Alon Bar, the head of the Foreign Ministry's worldwide organizations department, reproached the Swedish envoy.

The UN heritage body will on Tuesday vote on the resolution, which describes as null and void any decision by the Israeli "occupying power", its parliament, its Supreme Court, or any other Israeli authority that pertains to Jerusalem (al-Quds). "It is time to move all the official embassies here to Jerusalem".

The resolution was submitted by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan.

Regev said that the offices should be reclaimed by Israel.

In a press statement, Maliki thanked the countries that voted in favor of the resolutions and their role in preserving the holy places in Palestine.

The Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, wrote on Twitter "Israel is angered by Sweden's vote in favour of the draft resolution".

Some 66 percent of Arab Israelis said their country's situation was "good" or "very good", according to a survey released Sunday by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University.

Israel's work near and around the site often increases tensions in Jerusalem.