UNESCO has shown itself to be outrightly anti-Israel while provoking tension rather than diplomacy in the Middle East. Trump is justified in pulling the US out of the organization, believes Sohrab Ahmari of Commentary Magazine. It has released overly anti-Israel legislation repeatedly, such as denying its right to Jerusalem or referring to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, by its Arabic name. Trump’s decision is also not unprecedented, US funding for UNESCO had already been withdrawn while Presidents Carter and Reagan both left it previously. This is the correct move forward as the organization spreads tension.
Trump took the worrying decision of pulling out of UNESCO because of US debt to the organization, infers Greg Colton of The Interpreter. The president is proving that his foreign policy is based on interest, not values. This mindset prioritizes matters based solely on their direct benefit to the US. Profits are far more important to Trump than grander matters, such as protecting the planet. The world needs strong values to uphold things that aren’t necessarily profitable, like human rights, the environment and free speech. The US should be a leader of Western morality, not abandon ship when it senses an opportunity for financial gain.