ISRAEL - Quitting UNESCO, Just Like the USA

Arno Froese

Israel has said it will join the US in pulling out of the UN’s cultural organization Unesco, after US officials cited “anti-Israel bias.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the US decision as “brave and moral,” a statement said.

The US withdrawal will become effective at the end of December 2018—until then, the US will remain a full member.

The US will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organization to replace its representation, the state department said.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted he had instructed his foreign ministry to “prepare Israel’s withdrawal... in parallel with the United States.”

The decision follows a string of Unesco decisions that have drawn criticism from the US and Israel.

In 2011 the US cut its funding to the agency in protest at its decision to grant full membership to the Palestinians.

Last year, Israel suspended cooperation with Unesco after the agency adopted a controversial resolution which made no reference to Jewish ties to a key holy site in Jerusalem.

Then earlier this year, Mr. Netanyahu condemned Unesco for declaring the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank a Palestinian World Heritage site.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) applauded, saying that for years, the agency had “betrayed its original laudatory mission... and chosen instead to unfairly target the Middle East’s lone democracy, Israel.”

Russia said it regretted the decision, but agreed Unesco was too politicized. President Vladimir Putin’s aide for culture Vladimir Tolstoy reportedly called the news “flabbergasting.”, 12 October 2017

Arno's commentary

We applaud the US decision, followed by Israel to withdraw membership, due to UNESCO’s blatantly irresponsible decisions regarding Israel, totally ignoring Jewish existence in the Holy Land. The complexity continues to grow.

However, the Word of God does not change. The land of Israel shall remain the land of Israel. “Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel” (Numbers 35:34).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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