Israel thanks Jamaica for skipping ‘absurd’ UNESCO vote

Monday, January 16, 2017

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Israeli government has thanked the Jamaican government for its refusal in October to back ‘absurd’ resolutions, which ignored Jewish ties to Temple Mount, a hill located in the Old City of Jerusalem.
 According The Times of Israel newspaper, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu told Prime Minister Andrew Holness that relations between the two countries are always friendly and “we appreciate the fact that you didn’t join the recent vote against Israel, the absurd vote in UNESCO.”
In a secret ballot the resolution passed in Paris on October 26 with less than a majority of the World Heritage Committee’s 21 members,  10 states voted in favour and two were opposed, with eight abstaining and one absent — Jamaica.
Among Latin American countries, Cuba voted in favour and Peru abstained.
Read: Israel thanks Jamaica for skipping controversial UNESCO vote
Netanyahu said “I think this is the first visit ever by a prime minister of Jamaica to Israel, so it has a double significance for us,” Netanyahu told Israeli media, citing a “natural affinity” between Israel and Jamaica and stressing that the visit is a “hallmark of cooperation.”
“I can see all the potential for cooperation in a variety of fields that relate to economy, to security, to technology. This is something that we eagerly are interested in doing with you,” he added.
Holness drew parallels between Israel and Jamaica being “strong democracies” and extended his condolences for the recent truck ramming attack in Jerusalem which killed four Israeli soldiers and wounded another 17.
“The Jamaican people and the Caribbean region is a zone of peace, and we wish peace for all the peoples of the world,” Holness said, inviting Netanyahu to visit Jamaica soon, which he accepted.


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