Coral reefs are living rainbows under the seas, but they may not remain there in the future. According to a report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) a while ago, these wonders – from the Great Barrier Reef off Australia to the Seychelles near East Africa – may not exist in another three decades.
The United States and Israel officially pulled out of UNESCO. Their criticism is that the body has morphed into a tool to deny Jews’ historical ties to some of their holiest sites. In its decision last year, the State Department cited its ‘continuing anti-Israel bias.’ Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has also described the body as… Read more »
UNESCO has passed several resolutions attacking the connection between Israel and the Jewish holy sites, but this week, the Executive Board passed two new resolutions aimed specifically at the Biblical matriarchs. One rabbi sees this as a continuation of the Biblical battle between Isaac and Ishmael and a closer look shows how this is nothing less than an after-the-fact attempt to block the Jews’ return from exile.
Approximately 1,020 clay seals (bullae) dating back to the Hellenistic period – which coincides with the time the Second Temple stood in Jerusalem – and which may have belonged to the letter archive of a wealthy landowner, were found in August at the Beit Guvrin-Maresha National Park in central Israel, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority recently announced.
It appears that Israel will not be able to walk out in a huff and slam the door on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, despite reports earlier this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, to submit the Jewish State’s resignation, Ma’ariv reported Thursday.