Israel apologized on Saturday after a deputy minister said an earthquake in Italy was punishment for a UNESCO resolution on east Jerusalem that has angered the Jewish state.
Ayub Kara, deputy minister of regional cooperation, said during a visit to the Vatican on Wednesday he was sure the quake that hit central Italy the same day happened because of the resolution, which Israel has said denies the Jewish connection to the city.
“We repudiate the remarks of Deputy Minister Kara,” a foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement.
“Since making the statement, Deputy Minister Kara has issued an apology, which is also endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” it said.
Kara is a Druze lawmaker from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right Likud party.
The condemnation of his remarks came just hours before the start of an official visit to Israel by Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The Arab-sponsored resolution passed by the UN cultural agency on October 18 criticized the Jewish state for restricting access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in annexed east Jerusalem.
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