Israel and the U.S. Plan to Withdraw from UNESCO
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
i24News Desk with Jeff Smith
October 13, 2017
Matthew RJ Brodsky joins diplomatic correspondent Ellie Hochenberg on i24News Desk with host, Jeff Smith, to discuss the recent decisions by the U.S. and Israel to leave UNESCO. Ellie explains why Prime Minister Netanyahu is waiting a little before leaving and Brodsky describes how the choice makes sense from an American perspective. The Trump administration won't tolerate the level of anti-Israel smears at the world body that was accepted during the previous administration. UNESCO has an important function that has been subsumed by morally objectionable states with political axes to grind. The U.S. will still be able to have it's voice heard but at a time when the State Department is facing budget cuts, the decision to stop funding and walk away from UNESCO was an easy choice to make.