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"I'm sure that we'll continue to have conversations with the Prime Minister (on Israeli settlement activity)", Xinhua news agency quoted White House spokesman Sean Spicer as saying on Monday.

The resolution blames Israel for "persistent excavations, tunnelling, works and projects in East Jerusalem", which it has occupied along with the rest of the West Bank since the 1967 Middle East war. "However, for the countries voting tomorrow, I must say in the clearest terms: If you cherish history and affirm UNESCO's duty to respect historical truth, there is no choice other than to vote against this latest attempt to subvert global institutions in order to attack Israel".

The resolution was submitted to the 59-member UNESCO Executive Board by Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, and Sudan.

The Western Wall is part of the compound revered by Jews as Temple Mount, the site of two biblical Jewish temples and the most sacred site in Judaism. The Old City also houses major Christian shrines.

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The text stresses that "all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the "basic law" on Jerusalem, are null and void and must be rescinded forthwith". UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, was established as a non-political body to promote education, science, and culture around the world. Israel has long complained of bias at U.N. forums, feeling outnumbered by Arab nations and their supporters.

The fate of Jerusalem has been one of the thorniest issues in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, which last broke down in 2014.

In his letter the President of the Republic stated that Cyprus and Israel enjoy a partnership which is built on shared values and common vision and interests, adding that our cooperation benefits both our peoples and makes an important contribution to the prosperity of our region.

Israel claims Jerusalem as its united capital, while the Palestinians claim the city's east as the capital of their future state.


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