Russia-supported UNESCO resolution on Temple Mount monuments not directed against Israel – Medvedev

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07.11.2016

The UNESCO resolution on the state of historical and religious monuments on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which was supported by Russia, should not be politicized since it is not directed against Israel, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

“I believe this decision should not be politicized, it is definitely not directed against Israel and the people of Israel,” he said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 ahead of his visit to the country.

It is not the first time UNESCO had passed such a resolution, and there is nothing new about it, he said.

Russia has never denied the rights of Israel and Jewish people for Jerusalem, Temple Mount, or the Wailing Wall, he said, adding that these rights were obvious and it would be absurd to deny them.

“However, Jerusalem is a special place on our planet,” the Prime Minister said. “It is the birthplace of the three main monotheist religions, namely, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”

“Because of this, it is necessary to protect all the monuments that exist in Jerusalem, nothing more and nothing less,” he added.