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    • 29.10.10 | 16:41 (IST)

    Netanyahu has decided to renovate various historical buildings/sites that are worthy of preservation. For this, a list of such buildings was assembled and named "national heritage sites". A special fund was created and allocated for the project. In announcing the project, Netanyahu mentioned the building where the State of Israel was declared (1948). Obviously, this is a very worthy program. The problem was that Netanyahu quickly added to the list Rachel's Tomb (Bethlehem) and the Cave of the Patriarch (Hebron). How can one list these sites which are outside Israel in the "national" heritage sites list? Whether the Palestinians also revere the sites or not is immaterial. They are located in Occupied Palestinian areas. It would have been possible for Israel to pay for renovation (after consulting with the Palestinians), but putting the sites on a "national" Israeli list was the big boo boo.

    from the article: Israel slams 'absurd' UNESCO decision on Jerusalem, West Bank holy sites
    First published 15:40 29.10.10 | Last updated 18:29 29.10.10
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