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Israel PM orders UNESCO funding halt

Benjamin Netanyahu halts Israel's $2 million annual contribution to UNESCO, a decision that comes three days after the UN organisation admitted Palestine as a full member

AFP , Thursday 3 Nov 2011
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a session of the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (Photo:AP)
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday ordered a halt to Israel's financial contributions to UNESCO after the UN cultural organisation granted the Palestinians full membership.

Netanyahu "ordered that Israel's $2 million-per-annum participation in the budget of UNESCO be frozen, following the organisation's decision to accept the Palestinian Authority into its ranks," the premier's office said.

"The prime minister ordered that the budget be directed to cooperative initiatives towards the same goals in the region."

The decision came three days after UNESCO voted to admit the Palestinians as a full member, over opposition from the United States and Israel.

"Such steps will not advance peace; they will only push it further away," Netanyahu said on Thursday.

"The only way to reach peace is through direct negotiations without preconditions."

Washington has already suspended its contributions to UNESCO -- which account for some 22 per cent of the organisation's budget -- in compliance with existing US legislation.

After the membership was approved, by a vote of 107-14, with 52 abstentions, Israel announced several punitive measures against the Palestinians, including the acceleration of settlement construction and a freeze on the transfer of tax money to the Palestinian Authority. 

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