Israel lashes out over "systematic harassment" at UN

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Netanyahu did however, praise the changes underway in support for Israel in worldwide forums.

The UK, which is in the process of leaving the European Union, made clear from the beginning that it would not support the move, and Germany - which led the negotiations over the language of the resolution - in the end also voted against.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Trump for the first time Wednesday.

At the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Netanyahu said the United Nations would be penalized.

"I would also like to say that this systematic harassment has a price", the PM announced.

"This systematic harassment has a price", said Netanyahu, telling ministers he had ordered the foreign ministry to "cut an additional United States dollars 1 million from the money Israel transfers to the United Nations".

In December 2016, the UN Security Council adopted a historic resolution that condemned Israeli settlement activities as a "flagrant violation of worldwide law". Altogether, only $2.7 million of the original $10.7 million will be given to the global body.

Brought by human rights champions Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Sudan, they are set to do it tomorrow - Israel's Independence Day.

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Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said he had instructed the country's representative at UNESCO to vote against what he called "the latest politicized resolution on Jerusalem". "A year ago 32 states supported it". But Netanyahu claimed the vote was a victory for Israel.

"However, for the countries voting tomorrow, I must say in the clearest terms: If you cherish history and affirm UNESCO's duty to respect historical truth, there is no choice other than to vote against this latest attempt to subvert global institutions in order to attack Israel". In fact, it's yet another in a series of UNESCO resolutions denying any Israeli connection to, e.g., the Temple Mount.

Twenty countries voted in favor of the resolutions, while 10 opposed and 23 abstained.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry, which on Tuesday described the resolution as "unnecessary politicisation of UNESCO", started its offensive effort targeting the United Nations cultural body over the resolution last week.

The Palestinians see Jerusalem as their future capital.

The declaration that the city is "occupied" and Israel's rule over it is "null and void" was backed by 22 countries. The U.S. and other countries have long maintained their diplomatic posts in Tel Aviv, and such a move to Jerusalem would likely draw global condemnation.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday called on all countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem in response to a UNESCO committee's decision to pass a resolution critical of Israel. "It is a sad decision without any standing or validity that will find its way to the dustbin of history, just like allegations that Zionism is racism".

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