US, Is­rael to exit Unesco over al­leged anti-Is­rael bias

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PARIS -- The United States (US) an­nounced Thurs­day it is pulling out of the UN’s ed­u­ca­tional, sci­en­tific and cul­tural agency be­cause of what Wash­ing­ton sees as its anti-Is­rael bias and a need for “fun­da­men­tal re­form” in the agency.

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu said Is­rael plans to fol­low suit.

While the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion had been pre­par­ing for a likely with­drawal from Unesco for months, the tim­ing of the State De­part­ment’s state­ment was un­ex­pected. The Paris-based agency’s ex­ec­u­tive board is in the midst of choos­ing a new chief – with Qatar’s Ha­mad bin Ab­du­laziz alKawari lead­ing the heated elec­tion head­ing into Fri­day’s fi­nal vote.

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