'Arafat's Legacy of Lies Continues with Abbas'

Foreign Ministry officials confirm to Arutz Sheva an active fight against the PA's push to claim the Kotel as their own.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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The Foreign Ministry is actively working to combat the Palestinian Authority (PA) resolution to UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) claiming the Kotel (Western Wall) as its own, Arutz Sheva has learned Monday. 

Foreign Ministry Director Dr. Dore Gold and other ministry officials have worked extensively with friendly countries and with the heads of UNESCO to thwart the Palestinian effort.

"This is an attempt to distort history and to blur the connection between the Jewish people and its holiest place and create a false reality," the Foreign Ministry stated to Arutz Sheva

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) openly condemned the move Monday, vowing it will "fail the test of reality." 

"This shameful and deceitful attempt by the Palestinians rewriting of history will fail the test of reality," Hotovely stated. "The Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem are the cornerstones of Jewish history. They are historical facts that no one can dispute." 

"[Yasser] Arafat's legacy of lies continues with Abu Mazen [PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas - ed.], which persists in all his actions to strive against coexistence and to distort history," she added.

"The historical context of the nation Israel is stronger than any provocative initiative of the Palestinians, and we will continue to place a simple and basic truth - that we are sovereign in our country - against their lies."