US, Is­rael to quit UNESCO

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - WORLD -

US of­fi­cials say the United States is pulling out of UNESCO, af­ter re­peated crit­i­cism of res­o­lu­tions by the UN cul­tural agency that Wash­ing­ton sees as anti-Is­rael.

While the US stopped fund­ing UNESCO af­ter it voted to in­clude Pales­tine as a mem­ber in 2011, the State De­part­ment has main­tained a UNESCO of­fice at its Paris head­quar­ters and sought to weigh in on pol­icy be­hind the scenes.

Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu later praised the US de­ci­sion as “brave and moral” and said his coun­try would soon quit as well.

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