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Israel Plans To Follow US In Exiting UN Agency

Israel Plans To Follow US In Exiting UN Agency

Commenting on the withdrawal, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that the decision reflected "U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO".

The state department said it would establish a time for the U.S. to Pull Out of UNESCO Amid Palestinian Tensions.

Under UNESCO rules, the withdrawal will become effective as of the end of December 2018.

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The United States will withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The U.S. stopped funding UNESCO after it voted to include Palestine as a member state in 2011, but the State Department has maintained a UNESCO office and sought to weigh in on policy behind the scenes. In 2013, the USA lost voting power due to its non-payment. "It's not just about money, it's promoting ideals that are vital to countries like the United States, such as education and culture", a UNESCO-based diplomat said.

He said: "Unesco has become a battlefield for Israel bashing and has disregarded its true role and objective".

Israel, which remains a UNESCO member, said the move by the Trump administration marked a "new era" for the United Nations and showed there was a "price to pay for discrimination against Israel". "It's very weird that it's today", she said. Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari of Qatar and Audrey Azoulay of France - both former culture ministers - had 18 votes apiece in the battle to replace Ms. Bokova.

UNESCO's executive board plans to select her successor Friday in a secret ballot. "Together, we have worked to protect humanity's shared cultural heritage in the face of terrorist attacks and to prevent violent extremism through education and media literacy".

Ms Bokova defended Unesco's reputation, noting its efforts to support Holocaust education and train teachers to fight anti-Semitism.

The Trump administration has made the defense of Israel on the global stage a key tenet of its foreign policy. A new round of anti-Israel resolutions was only temporarily postponed as UNESCO elects a new President. Mr. Trump has pledged to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and selected a pro-settlement ambassador.

Israel says it will join the United States in pulling out of the UN's cultural organisation after USA officials cited "anti-Israel bias".

In the statement, Netanyahu hailed the USA move as a "courageous and moral decision".

In October, Israel suspended its co-operation over a draft resolution referring to the Old City of Jerusalem as part of "the cultural heritage of Palestine".

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