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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Following US footsteps, Israel withdraws from UNESCO

 
Following the United States withdrawal, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, said his country would withdraw its membership from UNESCO.

“Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from the organisation in parallel with the U.S.,’’ the prime minister’s office said.




Netanyahu in a statement praised the U.S. decision earlier Thursday to pull out of UNESCO citing an “anti-Israel” bias.

“This is a courageous and moral decision, because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because, instead of preserving history, it distorts it,” he said.

Also, the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO is the “price to pay for discrimination against Israel,” Israel’s UN Ambassador, Danny Danon, said in a statement in New York.

“UNESCO has become a battlefield for Israel-bashing and has disregarded its true role and purpose. Today’s decision is a turning point for UNESCO.

“The organisation’s absurd and shameful resolutions against Israel have consequences. Today is a new day at the UN, where there is a price to pay for discrimination against Israel.

“The U.S. stands by Israel and is a true leader for change at the UN. The alliance between our two countries is stronger than ever.”

UNESCO had recently adopted two resolutions that Israeli leaders said ignored Judaism’s connection with one of Jerusalem’s holiest sites. Israel's relationship with Unesco had long been rocky, after officials accused the body of making decisions out of political considerations.





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