Michael Worbs, chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board, said communications have been underway to reach a consensus over a recent resolution denying Jewish ties to al-Aqsa Mosque, in the occupied East Jerusalem.
“More time and dialogue between the members of the board are needed to reach a consensus over historical ties with the holy site,” PNN quoted Worbs as saying.
This is while under UNESCO’s Thursday vote, any Jewish ties to the Temple Mound or Western Wall has been erased, by referring to them only by their Islamic names.
The decision was taken by the body’s 58-member Program and External Relations Commission, in advance of its expected ratification on Tuesday, by the UNESCO’s executive board, being made up of the same member states.
Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett denounced the decision on Friday, urging the Israeli committee to UNESCO to freeze ties with the body.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of the Israeli regime, also strongly criticized the UNESCO over its decision to not recognize Israel’s historic claims to the holy sites, known to Muslims as the Haram esh-Sharif.
The theatre of the absurd continues with UNESCO and today the organization has made its most bizarre decision by saying the people of Israel have no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall,” the Israeli prime minister said.
The UNESCO also accused Tel Aviv of “planting Jewish fake graves in other spaces of the Muslim cemeteries” and of “the continued conversion of many Islamic and Byzantine remains into the so-called Jewish ritual baths or into Jewish prayer places.”