Israel to leave UNESCO
Netanyahu instructs UNESCO ambassador to hand in letter announcing Israel's intention to withdraw from UNís cultural body.
by Elad Benari, Canada, Arutz Sheva
December 23, 2017
UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Israel will leave the UN's cultural body, UNESCO, it was announced Friday.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama Hacohen, to officially submit a letter to UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, announcing Israelís withdrawal from the body.
The letter will be submitted in the coming days and Israel's withdrawal will go into effect at the end of 2018, according to the organizationís rules.
The decision follows Thursday's vote at the UN General Assembly in which 128 countries voted to reject U.S. President Donald Trumpís recognition of Jerusalem as Israelís capital.
Israel's move comes several months after the U.S. State Department declared that the U.S. would be leaving UNESCO by 2019 due to its anti-Israel bias.
Earlier this year, UNESCO declared the ancient city of Hevron, King David's first capital and home to the tomb of the biblical patriarchs, an endangered Palestinian heritage site.
Last year, UNESCO passed resolutions declaring that Israel has no rights to Jerusalem, and described the Temple Mount and Old City of Jerusalem as Muslim holy sites.