Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that Israel would finalize plans to construct the Kedem Center for tourists in eastern Jerusalem, outside the Old City, following the U.N. cultural body UNESCO’s passage of its two latest anti-Israel resolutions.
“Today I have instructed that procedures be completed for the construction of the Kedem Center for displaying the historical and archaeological findings for the City of David,” Netanyahu said at Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting.
“This will be an impressive structure with extensive displays. The entire world will see the truth and the first visitors whom I will invite there will be UNESCO and U.N. delegations,” he added.
UNESCO passed a resolution July 5 condemning Israeli activity in Jerusalem’s Old City, referring to Israel as an “occupying power” there. Two days later, UNESCO approved a measure designating the Old City of Hebron—including the Cave of the Patriarchs, one of Judaism’s holiest places—as an endangered Palestinian heritage site.