Hebron is the only city in the West Bank to have Israeli settlements at its heart, where a few hundred settlers live surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.
Claiming that Hebron's Old City is endangered, the Palestinian Authority (PA) requested that the status of the flashpoint West Bank city be fast-tracked onto the 2017 list due to "alarming details about the Israeli violations in Al-Khalil/ Hebron, including the continuous acts of vandalism, property damage, and other attacks". The resolution described a Muslim history of the city while entirely ignoring the Biblical narrative describing 3,000 years of Jewish connection to the site.
"Of course this did not prevent the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last Friday from passing yet another delusional resolution which determined that the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the same Cave of Machpelah, is a Palestinian heritage site".
Iglesias declined to comment on whether Hebron had been recognized as Palestinian, saying the exact wording would be decided at a later time.
Two other shrines next to it - the Jewish Tomb of the Patriarchs and the Muslim Ibrahimi Mosque - have been accorded the same tag. It was the latest chapter in Israel's rocky relations with UNESCO, which it accuses of making decisions out of political considerations.
But Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said UNESCO's "automatic Arab majority succeeded in passing the proposed resolution that attempts to appropriate the national symbols of the Jewish people". "With its cultural and human heritage, this decision shows that Hebron is important to the entire world and not just Palestinians", Hamed said. "It is only in those places where Israel is, such as Hebron, that freedom of religion for all is ensured", Netanyahu said in his Facebook posting.
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The declaration has since seen Israel pull its funding from the United Nations, and tighten security near the Hebron shrine that seems to be in the middle of the latest point of escalation of tensions between Israel and Palestine.
But Alaa Shahin, from the Palestinian Hebron municipality, told AFP before the vote it could help encourage tourism.
The proposal was submitted to the United Nations body's Cultural Committee by Arab states who originally presented a much harsher version which was formulated together with the Palestinians. Netanyahu said in a statement.
In addition, the soldiers also confiscated 53 permits, carried by Palestinian workers who already obtained authorization from the Israeli side.
Hebron has a long history of violence.
The tomb is considered the second holiest place in Judaism and was constructed by Jews in Hebron 2,000 years ago.
In 1994, Israeli-American Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslims praying at the site, killing 29, before being beaten to death by survivors.