Imagine that. An international non-government agency hell-bent on ruling the world is corrupt. That is the claim outgoing United Nations Secretary Nikki Haley made as the United States and Israel kissed UNESCO goodbye, an agency of the United Nations that seems to exist just to ridicule Israel.
“UNESCO is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies,” Haley wrote in a Twitter message. “Today the U.S. withdrawal from this cesspool became official. #USStrong”
Haley was joined by an official from Israel in her condemnation of the agency that was founded to help foster peace after World War II.
Israeli U.N. envoy Danny Danon said Tuesday that his country “will not be a member of an organization whose goal is to deliberately act against us, and that has become a tool manipulated by Israel’s enemies.
“UNESCO is a body that continually rewrites history, including by erasing the Jewish connection to Jerusalem,” Danon said, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Withdrawal became inevitable following UNESCO’s inclusion of Palestine as a nation state, and the declaration of their “holy” sites as world heritage sites in 2011.
The withdrawals are mainly procedural yet deliver a new blow to UNESCO, co-founded by the U.S. after World War II to foster peace. But they will not greatly impact UNESCO financially since it has been dealing with a funding slash ever since 2011 when both Israel and the U.S. stopped paying dues after Palestine was voted in as a member state.
Since then, officials estimate that the U.S. — which accounted for around 22 percent of the total budget — has accrued $600 million in unpaid dues, which was one of the reasons for President Trump’s decision to withdraw. Israel owes an estimated $10 million.
These little facts reveal one truth about the UN and various related NGO agencies: all they really want is American money.
Thankfully, we now have a president who is willing to stand up to them and just say “no.”