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The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN’s cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.

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

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, added that the organisation’s “extreme politicisation” has become “a chronic embarrassment”.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signalled his approval, tweeting: “I welcome @realDonaldTrump’s decision to withdraw from Unesco ... I have instructed the Foreign Ministry to prepare Israel’s withdrawal from Unesco in parallel with the United States.”

But the decision to withdraw from Unesco may also have been a financial one: the US owed more than $500m in arrears to the organisation and was at risk of losing it voting rights, according to Unesco documents. Is the withdrawal motivated by a desire to save money or political reasons?

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Shame on the U.S.A. for withdrawing. And Israel for following suit.

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USA and Israel should withdraw from the antisemitic UN all together. Palestine is not a state plus it is run by terrorists and has a terrorist population yet the UN are forever attacking Israel. Throwing rocks at Israeli defense forces is attempted murder but its all good as far as the antisemitic UN is concerned. Apparently everything is always the fault of Israel and not the fault of the terrorist Palestinians.


The next time a Palestinian throws a rock at Israeli military the Israeli military should shoot them. Why dont the god damn terrorist Palestinian parents and adults tell their terrorist children to stop throwing rocks are Jews? We all know what happens to Goliath. Throwing rocks is very dangerous.

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HailChina! Post time: 2017-10-13 11:22
USA and Israel should withdraw from the antisemitic UN all together. Palestine is not a state plus i ...



Yes, UNESCO has become a club of like-minded airheads with a strong anti-Israel agenda but by quitting Israel will open itself up to more broadsides of flak and it won't be able to stand up for itself.

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seneca Post time: 2017-10-13 16:11
Yes, UNESCO has become a club of like-minded airheads with a strong anti-Israel agenda but by qu ...

Israel can always stand up for itself one way or another. PPlus Israel is not alone - they have many allies including myself.

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HailChina! Post time: 2017-10-13 18:47
Israel can always stand up for itself one way or another. PPlus Israel is not alone - they have ma ...

It's good to know you would defend Isfrael. It actually SURPRISES me. Good on you!

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What do expect from a pig but a grunt? Anything life-ustaining\culturally enriching does not dovetail with the one US talent-killing.

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