Jerusalem exhibit at UN shows ancient Jewish ties, despite UN ‘disclaimer’

The UN posted a ‘disclaimer’ at the entrance to its Jerusalem exhibit, which shows 3000 years of Jewish ties to the city, saying its content does not represent the world body’s views.  

By: World Israel News Staff

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, along with Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Zeev Elkin and Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon on Thursday visited the Jerusalem exhibit currently being presented at the UN building in New York, which Netanyahu said highlights the historical truth.

The exhibit includes original archaeological finds that were discovered in Israel and which underscore the continuous link of the Jewish people to Israel and Jerusalem in various periods over 3,000 years.

Among the items that are a First Temple-era  2,700-year-old seal impression inscribed in ancient Hebrew, which was discovered in January, and an inscription from the seal of biblical King Hezekiah, who ruled from 727-698 BCE and helped build Jerusalem into an ancient metropolis and a 7th-century BCE seal with the inscription, “the fifth to Netanyahu, his sons and his relatives.”

The exhibit, a joint effort by the Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Ministry and the Israeli Mission to the UN, follows a series of resolutions passed by the international governing body denying Jewish ties to the city.

“There is a long history that is being cherished by us and by the friends of the Jewish people and the friends of truth and is being denied by those who seek to erase the history of our people, our connection to our land and our connection to our eternal capital, Jerusalem,” Netanyahu stated. “What this exhibit does is put the truth forward.”

The UN posted a disclaimer at the entrance to the exhibit, saying its content does not represent the world body’s views.

“Of course it doesn’t represent the United Nations, it represents the truth. And we’ll continue to tell the truth and speak the truth everywhere, including in the United Nations,” the Israeli leader declared.

Netanyahu: ‘We fight for our rights’

“But, the second point is this,” he added. “This exhibit would not have been possible 10 years ago and this exhibit will be unnecessary 10 years from now. We are changing the world. We are changing Israel’s position in the world and above all, we are making it clear that we fight for the truth and for our rights.”

Netanyahu also referred to his meeting with the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. “We call her ‘Hurricane Haley.’ She does magnificent work for the truth and for the defense of Israel here at the UN,” he said.

The prime minister concluded by thanking everyone “for standing up for the truth, for standing with Israel.”