Israeli leaders became furious after UNESCO voted to recognize Hebron's Old City and Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage sites on Friday.
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But what's all the fuss about?
The tomb is holy to adherents of both Islam and Judaism.
For Jews, it's considered the burial site of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah. In Arabic, the tomb is known as Ibrahimi mosque, and Muslims revere it because they consider Abraham a patriarch through his son Ishmael.
The UNESCO resolution matters to both sides. A lot.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the decision "surreal" and many in Israel labeled the resolution as anti-Semitic. In response, Netanyahu moved to cut $1 million from the membership fees Israel pays the UN.