Walkout during Ahmadinejad speech
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Netanyahu thanks Geneva boycotters

PM expresses gratitude to states that shunned UN forum, walked out during Ahmadinejad speech

Thank you from Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter of gratitude to the states that boycotted the UN anti-racism conference in Geneva this week. The PM also praised the countries whose representatives walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the event


The decision to boycott the UN conference returned a "measure of sanity" to a world where an anti-racism conference grants a platform to a Holocaust-denying head of state who openly declares his wish to wipe out Israel, Netanyahu wrote in his letter.


Netanyahu praised foreign leaders for adopting a "clear and unequivocal moral stance" at the time when others undermine the "most basic human values."


The PM also expressed his hope that the decision to boycott the UN conference would mark a "moral turning point" in the world.


The states that chose to boycott the Geneva conference, in addition to Israel, are the United States, Germany, Italy, Holland, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. The states whose representatives walked out during President Ahmadinejad's speech are Austria, Ireland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Britain, Denmark, Hungary, Greece, Luxemburg, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovenia, Slovakia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Czech Republic, France, Cyprus, Romania, and Sweden.


פרסום ראשון: 04.21.09, 22:12
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