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EU ambassadors to Israel met this week with Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem and discussed issues like developments in Syria, Iran's role in the region, the situation in Gaza and West Bank settlements.

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Jonathan A. Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on the vote by Unesco of a resolution on Jerusalem
'We express our appreciation to the United States, United Kingdom, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Estonia and Germany, who all voted against the resolution.'
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem
"The Al Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit—or Temple Mount—whose Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulcher church and the Mount of Olives, which is revered by Christians.''
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini following a meeting in Luxembourg of EU Foreign Ministers on Syria i
''We decided to launch a dialogue with key regional partners, with key actors in the region, to start looking at where a political transition might end up; what the regional players and the European Union can do to start preparing for the post-conflict period in all its different strands, be it reconciliation, reconstruction, institutional structures of a post-conflict state, that we all agree, has to be united, not divided, secular, inclusive and with space for all minority groups.''
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the adoption of a resolution which ignores Jewish links to holiest sites in Jerusalem.
''In the Torah, Jerusalem is the capital of King David, where Solomon built the Temple and placed the Ark of the Covenant. The Al Aqsa Mosque / Al-Haram al-Sharif, the sacred shrine of Muslims, is also the Har HaBayit – or Temple Mount – whose Western Wall is the holiest place in Judaism, a few steps away from the Saint Sepulcher and the Mount of Olives revered by Christians.''
Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman
''To say that Israel has no connection to the Temple Mount is like saying that Sweden has no connection to IKEA''.
British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson at a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Brussels.
"Donald Trump, as I've said before, is a deal maker and I think that could be a good thing for Britain, but it can also a good thing for Europe. I think that's what we need to focus on today."

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British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

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