Jerusalem also blocks hiring of four staff members by anti-Israel UN unit.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday instructed Shama Hacohen to submit a formal withdrawal letter to Audrey Azoulay, the organization’s director-general, before the end of the year.
The Jewish former culture minister said she had "great faith" in UNESCO's ability to "transform the world."
La présidence de l’instance onusienne a échappé de peu au Qatar
It is no coincidence that Azoulay’s victory in the race follows quickly on a US decision to pull out from the UN agency, citing its undeniable anti-Israel bias.
Her success is due in part to the rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar that has sparked massive divisions between the countries of the Arab world.