As we told you in yesterday's Daily Dispatch, the United Nations is set to vote on an anti-Israel resolution regarding the Temple Mount. In light of the impending vote, The Jerusalem Post's Tovah Lazaroff reports that UNESCO has called on Israel to stop all of its archaeological work at the Old City:
UNESCO called on Israel to halt all its archeological and restoration work in and around the Old City, as it submits its latest draft resolution on Jerusalem that ignores Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.
Upon learning of the matter, Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold on Monday issued a searing letter to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in which he accused them of being totally “disconnected from reality.”
“As the historical heritage sites of this area are being systematically destroyed by jihadist forces, such as the Islamic State, in Syria and Iraq, UNESCO’s adoption of utterly false allegations about Israeli archeological practices is misplaced and hypocritical, at best,” Gold said.
The resolution is due to be voted on in the next week by the 21-members of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee that is now meeting in Istanbul.
It was jointly submitted by Jordan and Palestine, which is recognized as a member state of UNESCO...