Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed Israel’s envoy to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to officially announce the country’s withdrawal from the organization.
This is the first substantive action Israel has taken since it decided to leave UNESCO in October.
According to the Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, the decision was based on the UN cultural agency’s “systematic attacks” on the Jewish state and “attempts to disconnect Jewish history from the land of Israel.”
Furthermore he stated that the official letter of departure will be submitted after December 25 and then Israel will leave the organization by the end of 2018.
Netanyahu announced his country will follow the United States to pull out of UNESCO in October.
He hailed U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision “brave and moral”, and accused the organization of becoming a “theater of the absurd” because instead of preserving history, it is twisting it.