Israeli politicians and key Jewish organizations blasted the UN agency on Tuesday for choosing to pass a resolution they deemed anti-Israeli

Smoke rises in east Jerusalem during a battle in the Six Day War.
Smoke rises in east Jerusalem during a battle in the Six Day War. © REUTERS

Israeli and Jewish officials on Tuesday reacted with outrage following UNESCO's 22-10 vote that approved a resolution rejecting Israel's sovereignty in its capital of Jerusalem.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, was one of the first to issue an indignant statement, saying that "this distorted decision and the attempts to undermine the connection between Israel and Jerusalem will not change the fact that Jerusalem is the Jewish people's eternal capital." 

Danon also stressed that Israel was not going to be passive facing such a move at the UN, adding that "Israel will not carry on silently facing this shameful decision." 

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid was even more derisive in his critique of the UNESCO resolution, saying that the decision to pass it was "baseless and antisemitic." 

Noting the timing of the resolution's passing, Lapid said that "no one, not even an organization such as UNESCO, can rewrite the Jewish history. Especially not on the day that Israel celebrates 69 years of independence as a democratic and strong country."

"This is a disgraceful attempt to rewrite history as part of an ongoing political campaign against the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Today we saw again how a line of representatives at the UN give in to the antisemitic campaign led by anti-Israel organizations instead of going after the truth."