US, Is­rael pull out of UN cul­tural body Unesco

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PARIS: The United States said on Thurs­day that it was pulling out of the UN’s cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion body, ac­cus­ing it of “anti-Is­rael bias” in a move that un­der­lines Wash­ing­ton’s drift away from in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

Is­rael will also with­draw from the Unesco after a US de­ci­sion to do the same on ac­cu­sa­tions of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said on Thurs­day.The United States has walked away once be­fore un­der ex-pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan, who quit Unesco in 1984 over al­leged fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment and claims of anti-US bias in some of its poli­cies.

Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush an­nounced Amer­ica’s re­turn in 2002, but re­la­tions soured again in 2011 when Barack Obama pulled the plug on fund­ing to the body after its mem­bers voted to ad­mit Pales­tine as a full mem­ber.

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