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Israel cuts budget to UN over UNESCO vote

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Staff Writer | May 4, 2017
Israel said it will cut one million dollars in funding to the United Nations over the approval of UNESCO resolution critical of Israel's policy in Jerusalem a day earlier.
Relations   Policy in Jerusalem
On Tuesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) passed a resolution that criticizes Israel over its continuing archeological excavations in East Jerusalem's Old City, a territory that Israel seized from Jordan in the 1967 war.

Israel reacted angrily, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denouncing the resolution as "delusional" at the cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

"In wake of the resolution, I have instructed Foreign Ministry Director General to deduct one million dollars from the funds that Israel transfers to the U.N.," Netanyahu said.

"Israel will not sit by while the organization calls for the denial of our sovereignty in Jerusalem," he added.

Also on Wednesday, Israel reprimanded the Swedish ambassador because of his country's vote in favor of the resolution.