Today, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the US for its historic decision to pull out of UNESCO and ordered Israel to also withdraw from the organization.


Netanyahu Photo credit: GPO/ Channel 2 News

After the US historically decided to pull out of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the decision and ordered the Foreign Affairs Ministry to prepare for an Israeli withdrawal from the organization as well.

“It’s a brave and moral decision,” Netanyahu posted on his Facebook page. “UNESCO has turned into the theater of the absurd and instead of preserving history, it distorts it.” The latest date for the withdrawal to come into effect is the end of 2018.


UNESCO Photo credit: Serge Attal/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

“This decision was not taken lightly,” Heather Nauert, a spokesperson for the State Department, said in a statement. “And reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.”

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also congratulated the US decision: “This was an important moral and ethical move from our great ally towards an anti-Semitic and politically biased organization.”

“The government is committed to continued UK membership of UNESCO and to working with other member states in support of its important work,” A spokesperson of British Prime Minister Theresa May stated. “The US relationship with UNESCO is a matter for them.”