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