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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a thank-you letter on Tuesday to the eight countries that boycotted the United Nations week-long anti-racism conference in Geneva.
"As Israel marks Holocaust Remembrance Day, I am writing to express my appreciation for your decision not to participate in the Durban II conference in Geneva," Netanyahu wrote.
"That decision helps restore a measure of sanity in a world in which a conference against racism gives a platform to the head of the regime that denies the Holocaust and openly seeks to perpetuate the destruction of the Jewish state.
"With the most basic values of humanity under assault, your government took an unequivocal moral stand. It is my fervent hope that this stand taken by your country and a handful of others will mark a turning point in this battle and that moral clarity will once again prevail in world affairs," said Netanyahu.
He wrote his letter one day after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad gave a speech at the conference in which he called for the eradication of Zionism and said that the Holocaust was the pretext for the creation of the Jewish state.
Netanyahu has also praised the 23 European countries that walked out of the assembly room during Ahmedinejad's speech.
All of those countries, save for the Czech Republic, returned to the conference after the speech.
On Tuesday, the Czech Republic said that it too would boycott the conference. Nine other countries of the 192 member states of the United Nations refused to come to the conference all together. They include: Israel, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Germany, Poland and the Netherlands.
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