“UNESCO is a body that continually rewrites history, including by erasing the Jewish connection to Jerusalem,” Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said, commenting on the issue. “It is corrupted and manipulated by Israel’s enemies, and continually singles out the only Jewish state for condemnation. We are not going to be a member of an organization that deliberately acts against us.”
The U.S. simultaneously made the similar decision to leave the UN; it took effect on December 31, while Israel's decision entered into force on January 1.
Earlier, the city hall of the Ukrainian capital stated its plans to develop the scientific documentation, which provides for including Kyiv's main street, Khreshchatyk, into the UNESCO World Heritage list. The administration is supposed to spend three years and USD 60,000 on the project. Kyiv city hall also plans to buy out the monuments of cultural heritage and return them to the communal ownership.