Israel trims United Nations budget again over Jerusalem resolution

Separately on Wednesday, Israel summoned Swedish Ambassador to Tel Aviv Carl Magnus Nesser as the Scandinavian state was the only European country to vote for the UNESCO resolution.

Meanwhile, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the resolution as "absurd". "I urge the worldwide community to condemn this decision in the harshest manner possible, and do everything in its power to rectify this error".

Speaking to foreign diplomats at a reception marking the country's founding, Netanyahu said: "There are more countries today that are abstaining or supporting Israel than there are those opposing Israel".

However, the current draft of the resolution still contains many red flags for Israel.

At its Paris headquarters on Tuesday, Israel's independence day, UNESCO's executive board committee passed a resolution declaring the nation's claim to Jerusalem "null and void".

Despite its peace treaty and close military ties with Israel, Egypt was among the seven countries that submitted the latest resolution, along with Lebanon, Sudan, Qatar, Morocco, Oman and Algeria.

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"Once again UNESCO member states tried to deny the historical connection of the Jewish people to Israel", he told the Washington Examiner.

The motion is expected to be approved despite Israel's intense attempts to exert pressure on the members of the United Nations body to vote against it.

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Twenty-two states voted in favor of the resolution, 10 against and 23 abstained.

Israel recalled its ambassador to UNESCO over the issue.

Israel's Foreign Ministry says Ambassador Carl Magnus Nesser was summoned Wednesday after Sweden was the only European country to vote for a UNESCO resolution criticizing Israeli excavations in east Jerusalem as a violation of worldwide law.

REUTERS/Ronen ZvulunA general view shows the Israeli settlement of Ramot in an area of the occupied West Bank that Israel annexed to Jerusalem January 22, 2017.

"Once again, the United States rejects the adoption of these anti-Israel resolutions at Unesco", a spokesperson from the USA mission to the UN told the Times of Israel.

Tel Aviv - Israel showed off its new F-35 stealth fighter jets recently delivered from the U.S. on Tuesday as part of an air show marking its annual Independence Day celebrations. "Our response is to continue to develop and advance the city of Jerusalem, the eternal home and capital of the Jewish people".

Israel showed off its new F-35 stealth fighter jets recently delivered from the United States on Tuesday as part of an air show marking its annual Independence Day celebrations.

However, Netanyahu noted that more countries than usual were opposed to the UNESCO resolution: "More countries opposed this resolution than past year and fewer countries supported it". And in March, after the Human Rights Council passed five anti-Israel resolutions, Netanyahu vowed to cut an additional $2 million. If the US should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel outside of a peace agreement it would likely result in conflict over the disputed territory.

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