Netanyahu Slams UNESCO Resolution on Temple Mount: Like Denying Link Between PB and Jelly

'UNESCO haven't read the Bible,' prime minister says after resolution nullifying Jewish ties to Temple Mount, likens decision to saying China has no link to Great Wall.

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Netanyahu at the Western Wall Tunnel, March 18, 2015
Netanyahu at the Western Wall Tunnel, March 18, 2015Credit: Emil Salman
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Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized UNESCO Thursday after the organization voted in favor of a resolution effectively nullifying any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall.

"The absurd theater of UNESCO continues," said Netanyahu. "So they haven't read the Bible, but I suggest that UNESCO members visit the Arch of Titus in Rome where you can see what the Romans brought to Rome after they destroyed and looted the Temple Mount 2,000 years ago."

The arch referred to by Netanyahu celebrates and depicts Rome's victories in the the lands of modern-day Israel and details many Jewish artifacts that were pillaged from Jerusalem's Jewish temple, which most scientists concur sat on today's Temple Mount.

"Soon UNESCO will say that the Emperor Titus was also pushing Zionist propaganda," Netanyahu continued in his criticism of UNESCO.

"To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall is like saying that China has no connection to the Great Wall of China and that Egypt has no connection to the pyramids. With this absurd decision, UNESCO lost the little legitimization it had left. But I believe that the historical truth is stronger and the truth will win."

The UNESCO resolution, adopted earlier Thursday, asserted that Jerusalem is holy to the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. However, it includes a special section dealing with the Temple Mount, which says the site is sacred only to Muslims and fails to mention that it is sacred to the Jews as well. In fact, it mentions neither the Hebrew term for the site – Har HaBayit – nor its English equivalent, the Temple Mount. The site is referred to only by its Muslim names – Al-Aqsa Mosque and Haram al-Sharif.

The Israeli prime minister continued his criticism on Twitter, where his official account posted: "What's next? A UNESCO decision denying the connection between peanut butter and jelly? Batman and Robin? Rock and roll?"