The United States and Israel have officially quit UNESCO. This is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The two countries pulled of UNESCO at the stroke midnight as the New Year came . It is the second time the U.S. to pull out of UNESCO. The first time was 1984, when it thought the agency was favoring the old Soviet Union too much. The U.S. then rejoined 2003. The current withdrawal started because both nations were worried that UNESCO was biased Israel. Nikki Haley, the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said: "UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies. Today, the U.S. withdrawal this cesspool became official."
UNESCO was co-founded the U.S. after World War II. It seeks to build peace international cooperation education, the sciences and culture. The agency is best known its World Heritage program, which protects cultural sites and traditions the world. UNESCO also works to improve education girls, promote understanding the horrors of the Holocaust, and defend freedom the press. The U.S. said it intends to follow UNESCO as a non-member "observer state". The Israeli envoy to the United Nations Danny Danon said his country, "will not be a member an organization whose goal is to deliberately act us".