Israel Rejects Palestine’s UNESCO Membership


Israel rejected UNESCO’s decision to grant the Palestinian Authority a full membership status on Monday, saying it would consider its relations with the Paris-based organization.

“This is a unilateral Palestinian maneuver which will not change anything on the ground and will not transform the Palestinian Authority into a real state, but will place hurdles before the resumption of negotiations,” the Israeli foreign ministry said in a statement.

The correct and only path to advance the political process is by holding unconditional direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, it added.

UNESCO earlier today voted to admit Palestine as a full member of the Paris-based agency. It took the decision by a vote of 107 in favour to 14 against, with 52 abstentions. The move brings the total number of UNESCO Member States to 195.

Russia, China, all Arab countrires, France, almost all African and Latin American countries supported the Palestinian membership.


KUNA is the Kuwait News Agency

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