WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resolution vote against Israel at UNESCO.
“This vote will escalate tensions and exacerbate an already dangerous situation,” said Senator Cardin. “Earlier this month, Prime Minister Netanyahu called for preserving the status quo on the Temple Mount, a statement that was welcomed by President Abbas. While some inflammatory aspects of the resolution were removed, it remains unacceptable, needlessly provocative, and will fan the flames of an already combustible conflict. At a time when tensions are boiling over, UNESCO would be best served to tamp down hostilities, rather than contribute to ratcheting them up.”