Israel announced its withdrawal from UNESCO together with the United States

Israel has stopped cooperation with UNESCO in October last year

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the foreign Ministry to prepare documents for the release of UNESCO together with the United States, said NEWSru.co.il.

The head of the Israeli government called the US withdrawal from UNESCO “the brave and moral step,” quoted Reuters.

Prior to that, Netanyahu said that the organization has become the “theatre of the absurd, which distorts history”.

Israel has stopped cooperation with UNESCO in October 2016.

12 October 2017 the US State Department said the UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova about the US decision to leave the organization and intention to create a permanent Commission of observers to UNESCO.

“The decision was not easy and reflects the concerns of the United States in connection with the growing debt to UNESCO, the need for fundamental reforms in the organization and the continuing anti-Israel bias in UNESCO,” – said in a press release.

The US withdrawal from UNESCO will enter into force on 31 December 2018. Until that time, the United States will remain a full member of the organization.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) – a specialized Agency of the United Nations education, science and culture. Founded in November 1945.

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