YNet: “There were 26 countries who abstained from the vote, including Serbia and Turkmenistan, while 24 countries supported the initiative and six voted against it. It should be noted that not a single European nation voted for the initiative.
The countries of France, Sweden, Slovenia, India, Argentina, and Togo at first were going to vote for the resolution saying that Jews have no connection to Jerusalem, but were convinced to abstain from voting in the end.
The US, UK, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Germany voted against the Palestinian backed resolution.”
Opinion: The nations are either part of the solution or part of the problem.
Israeli officials in Jerusalem took an unusual step of asking the Vatican for help in preventing the UNESCO vote denying any Jewish connection to Jerusalem.
Though the Vatican only holds observer status at UNESCO, meaning it cannot vote, it still plays a role in the behind-the-scenes dynamics of the organization.
But the Vatican wants control of the holy sites almost as bad as the Edomites of the West Bank.
In 2014, the Vatican pressed Israel to follow through on a years-old proposal to give the Church control over the compound that houses the traditional “Hall of the Last Supper”, despite the fact the same compound also houses the “Tomb of David,” a holy site revered and frequented by religious Jews.
Catholic catechism teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was assumed into heaven from Jerusalem. Neither the assumption or Jerusalem as the place of Mary’s death can be substantiated by Scripture but that is not stopping the Vatican from its goal of taking control of all the holy sites including the Temple Mount.
And there is an even more sinister reason: On My 16, 2015, Pope Francis welcomed the illegitimate president of Palestine who was deputy to Yasser Afafat, the 20th century’s most vicious Jew hater since Adolf Hitler, to the Vatican even calling him an angel of peace.
The Vatican is definitely part of the problem.
(See our post from Yesterday “US Lawmakers Urge UNESCO not to rewrite Jerusalem’s History)