Israel was spared yet more condemnation by the United Nations on Wednesday not by its usual benefactor, the United States, but rather by Russia, which traditionally sides with the Jewish state's Arab antagonists.
At the current gathering of the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, the world body was to vote on three Arab resolutions proposed by Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and Syria. All three resolutions charged Israel with abuse of local Arab populations and Muslim-claimed territories.
Most prominent was the resolution submitted by Jordan accusing Israel of trying to "change the character of Jerusalem" and blasting the prospect of allowing Jews to pray atop the Temple Mount.
Islamic authorities like to claim that the Jews have no historical or religious ties to Jerusalem's Temple Mount, and therefore reject the idea that Jews should have any reason to pray there.
All three Arab entities were surprised when Russia insisted that a vote on the resolutions be postponed for at least six months, and that instead a fact-finding mission be sent to Jerusalem to determine if the Jordanian accusations are accurate. The Russians said Israel is under no obligation to agree to host such a mission.
Last November, UNESCO became the first major world body to officially recognize "Palestine" as an independent state. It is little wonder that it has now become a primary venue for de-legitimizing Israel.
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