Mere hours after the United States decided to leave UNESCO last month, Israel followed out the door. The action left people curious as to why this happened and what kind of effect it will have on the United Nations.
Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, spoke about the day Israel left UNESCO. She believes that in a sense, UNESCO is “attempting to erase the history of the Jewish people.” Haley spoke about how leaving the group was an “easy call,” and said that it could happen again with the Human Rights Council if the group fails in “living up to its name,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
The US ambassador noted that leaving UNESCO was not an easy decision for Israel to make. It came to the point where they had to make a stand.
The Human Rights Council is notorious for applying a double standard to Israel, as it relates to the UN, Haley told listeners. This kind of double standard is unacceptable, and as a result, she is “cautiously optimistic” about the US and their relation to the anti-Israel culture.
The thought process seems to be that when the Human Rights Council pushes a false narrative to portray Israel negatively in a particular situation, it causes harm to the overall image of the Jewish State.
Was Israel right to leave UNESCO?
“It’s no secret that the UN is a hostile place for Israel, but what I saw just before I became the US ambassador was a shameful period in which the United States became a part of that hostility,” Haley continued.
She concluded by explaining her biggest concern is the way the people in the UN view Israel. They seem set on demonizing them at every corner instead of pushing them to break the chains of the Middle Eastern countries surrounding them. If the UN were to change their view on the Jewish State, it would do wonders to restore their image, and perhaps garner the support they deserve from other nations.