The United States
and Israel announced Thursday they are quitting UNESCO after Washington accused the UN's cultural agency of anti-Israeli bias. UNESCO is best known for designating World Heritage Sites such as the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and the Grand Canyon National Park. "This is a loss to the United Nations family. The United States
and Israel were among just 14 of 194 members that voted against admitting the Palestinians. "The absence of the United States
or any large country with a lot of power is a loss.