Islamic body hails UNESCO resolution on status of East Jerusalem

The resolution also criticised Israel's actions in Gaza and Bethlehem.

"To avoid this, most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv".

The Obama administration had enabled the passage of last December's Security Council measure by abstaining from the vote and declining to use its veto power, but the nascent Trump administration, especially US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, has so far unabashedly defended Israel at the world body.

Basic Law: Jerusalem, which was passed by the Knesset in 1980, declares united Jerusalem as Israel's sovereign capital. Israeli authorities have criticized the resolution and refused to abide by its provisions.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely called the UNESCO move "fake history".

Speaking at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Netanyahu said, "UNESCO again accepted an absurd resolution yesterday about the status of Jerusalem", warning that what he called the agency's "systematic harassment has a price".

The statement referenced negotiations held by the EU with the Palestinians and Jordanians to water down the text, and said that Sweden was willing to make concessions to other EU partners in order to reach a united EU position on the matters.

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.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said that the Swedish ambassador was received by Rodica Radian-Gordon, the ministry's deputy director general for Western Europe, and Alon Bar, its deputy director of global organizations.

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, denounced the United Nations body earlier on Tuesday, saying it tried to deny the "historical truth" that no one else considered Jerusalem as holy as the Jewish people.

Netanyahu noted during Wednesday's meeting that more countries opposed the resolution passed Tuesday than the UNESCO one from previous year and fewer supported it.

The resolution is reportedly drafted with the help of Germany, which also led efforts for the vote's timing.

More than half-a-million Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli rights group B'Tselem.

"We are working constantly to increase support for Israel in worldwide bodies in order to reflect our growing status vis-à-vis bilateral contacts with countries", Netanyahu said.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler Set for WWE Backlash 2017 SmackDown PPV
Comey sought more Russia resources before firing, sources say