Israel thanks US for dropping out of anti-Israel summit

Sunday, March 01, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israel on Sunday offered its heartfelt thanks to the administration of US President Barack Obama for dropping out of an upcoming UN-sponsored conference on racism that is expected to descend into an Israel-bashing circus.

Obama was originally intending to send envoys to the Durban Review Conference, which will take a fresh look at the conclusions reached at the first such conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2001.

The first Durban summit turned into a forum for Muslim nations and other antagonists brand Israel a racist and oppressive state. Israel, the US and several other Western nations pulled out of the summit midway through.

Obama had hoped that he could moderate the language of "Durban 2," but as his envoys became involved in negotiating the wording of conference statements, it became clear that the anti-Israel agenda had already been set, and would not be altered.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni thanked Obama for recognizing the hostile nature of the conference, and the futility of trying to engage those behind it.

"The decision of the United States government is a courageous and true reflection of the values held by the leader of the free world and should show the way to other countries who share those values," said Livni in a statement released to the press.

Israel and Canada had previously announced their intention to boycott the event, scheduled to begin on April 21.

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