After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israel’s envoy to UNESCO to submit an official letter of withdrawal, it turns out that the UN body’s offices are closed for the holiday season. However, the envoy told Israel News Company that the letter will be submitted before the December 31 deadline.
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Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed Israeli envoy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Carmel Shama-Hacohen to submit a formal letter announcing the country’s withdrawal from the organization. In order for the withdrawal to go into effect at the same time as the United States’ departure, Israel must file the notice before the end of 2017.
Shama-Hacohen told Israel News Company on Wednesday that the UN body is on vacation for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season and thus Israel is having trouble submitting the letter. However, he clarified that although the UNESCO offices in Paris are closed until Tuesday, the letter will be submitted before the December 31 deadline. “Even if I have to climb the fence, I’m still at that age and state of fitness that allows [me] to do so,” he said.
After Netanyahu instructed Shama-Hacohen to submit the letter, the Israeli envoy condemned the UN body, saying that it has broken “all records of hypocrisy, incitement and lies against Israel and the Jewish people.”