President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald S. Lauder slammed on Tuesday UNESCO's admission of the Palestinian Authority as a member in its agency.
According to Lauder, "UNESCO does not have the mandate to make such politically explosive decisions and to predetermine statehood status for any state actor.""Regretfully, this latest move by UNESCO is the most recent in a series of assaults against the fundamental legal, diplomatic and historical rights of the State of Israel,” he added.
WJC Sectretary-General Dan Diker called the Palestinian request to join UNESCO "another unilateral step the Palestinian Authority has taken to further its goal to replace 3000 years of Jewish history with a new Palestinian narrative that negates any Jewish connection to the land of Israel."
According to Diker, "The decision also dampens the possibility of the Palestinian Authority heeding to the international community’s demand to return to the negotiating table and refrain from any unilateral decisions.”