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Netanyahu faces off against UNESCO over Jerusalem resolution

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers to ignore the fact that from a diplomatic-international standpoint, the Jewish holy sites in the Old City are under occupation.
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stands at a view-point overlooking a wooden ramp (C) leading up from Judaism's Western Wall to the sacred compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, where the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock shrine stand, in Jerusalem's Old City December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/File Photo - RTSS5BJ
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could not have asked for more. Even as the eyes of the world are turned to the prime minister in anticipation of his order to evacuate the controversial land robbers (settlers) from the West Bank’s Amona outpost, UNESCO turns the spotlight onto the Jewish people’s holiest and most consensual site.

The organization’s Oct. 13 draft resolution regarding the holy sites in Jerusalem ignores the age-old Jewish affinity for the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The venue and timing of the decision couldn’t have been better for Netanyahu. For many Jews, the Arab states and the Palestinians who proposed the UNESCO resolution may as well have denied the Holocaust. The Temple Mount and the Western Wall of the Jewish Temple are not simply venerated by God-fearing Jews, they are milestones in the history of every Jew, serving as the grounding of the Jewish collective.

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