Israel follows US lead: PM Netanyahu announces decision to withdraw from UNESCO

Israel will withdraw from the UN's cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, the PM said today.

Published: 12th October 2017 10:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th October 2017 10:19 PM   |  A+A-

The incident has further complicated efforts to resolve a spiralling crisis over Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, East Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (File photo |AP)

By AFP

JERUSALEM: Israel will withdraw from the UN's cultural and education body after a United States decision to do the same on accusations of bias against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.

"The prime minister instructed the foreign ministry to prepare Israel's withdrawal from the organisation alongside the United States," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Netanyahu "welcomes the decision by President (Donald) Trump to withdraw from UNESCO. This is a courageous and moral decision because UNESCO has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it."

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