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Rare Israeli-Palestinian compromise at UNESCO brings hope

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO said the mood was “like a wedding” after member nations signed off on a rare compromise resolution on Thursday on “Occupied Palestine.”

world Updated: Apr 13, 2018 14:29 IST
Palestinian alternate ambassador to UNESCO Mounir Anastas, right, UNESCO director general France's Audrey Azoulay, left, and Israeli UNESCO ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen speak after a meeting in Paris, France, on Thursday.
Palestinian alternate ambassador to UNESCO Mounir Anastas, right, UNESCO director general France's Audrey Azoulay, left, and Israeli UNESCO ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen speak after a meeting in Paris, France, on Thursday. (AP photo)

Diplomats at UNESCO are hailing a possible breakthrough on longstanding Israeli-Arab tensions at the United Nations cultural agency.

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO said the mood was “like a wedding” after member nations signed off on a rare compromise resolution on Thursday on “Occupied Palestine.”

The document is still quite critical of Israel. But Israeli Ambassador Carmel Shama-Hacohen told The Associated Press that diplomats agreed to move the most controversial language to a non-binding annex.

That compromise was largely technical, but was an unusual example of Mideast cooperation at UNESCO. Israel has long seen the agency as biased toward Arab nations, especially since it admitted Palestine as a member in 2011.

Other diplomats said they hope the hard-fought compromise encourages the US and Israel to reconsider their decision to quit UNESCO at the end of this year