Israeli UNESCO Envoy Wants To Rethink Withdrawal From Agency


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Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO says he wants to recommend that his country reconsider leaving the U.N. agency, or at least to postpone the departure due at the end of the year.

The statement by Ambassador Carmel Shama Hacohen about revisiting the formal decision to leave following the U.S. decision to withdraw from UNESCO, comes after the world heritage organization, currently meeting in Bahrain, agreed to delay for a year two controversial resolutions on the old cities of Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Hebron.

Hacohen, who wasn’t in Bahrain, said by telephone on Tuesday that he would “recommend at least to reconsider our decision” to withdraw. Another option would be to postpone the departure date.

Other sensitive resolutions were postponed in April — diplomatic victories for Israel in bitter Palestinian-Israeli disputes.



  1. Don’t we all suspect the delay was influenced by the US and its $$ withdrawing from UNESCO. Therefore, it comes across as a tactic to put a seemingly different face on UNESCO so others don’t start leaving. Get out! Let this travesty of a human rights council fall on its face. A real effort will exclude the unqualified violators, and put US and UN sanctions on their hypocracy. When the gangsters can outnumber you, and protect each others self interest in tyranny, put their feet in the fire and let them howl. These governments don’t deserve a seat at the table until they meet enforceable and verifiable standards. The dictatorships and military/cartels are failed systems, they should be banned, sanctioned, and require regime change.