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The Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the United Nations' cultural and education agency over its perceived anti-Israel bias - and Israel's decision to follow in its tracks - is the culmination of six years of controversy and acrimony.
UNESCO was the frist UN body to admit the Palestinians as a full member in 2011, though Israel has long charged it has held an anti-Israeli position. Controversy surrounding UNESCO votes have often affected Israel's relations with other countries, resulting in diplomatic snafus with traditional allies such as Germany, Italy and Sweden.