Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday morning played down the significance of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN General Assembly, but not the significance of the walk-out by Western delegates.
"Ahmadinejad didn't say anything new," he told Army Radio. "What's important is the international response. Most countries of the free world got up and left."
In his speech Wednesday night, the Iran president assailed Israel for what he said was a "barbaric" attack on the Gaza Strip last winter, and claimed that the "brutalities in Gaza have not all been published."
In an apparent anti-Semitic reference, Ahmadinejad complained that a "small minority" controls politics, economics and culture across much of the world.
Western delegates, including those of Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, the UK, Italy and Germany left the chamber when Ahmadinejad accused Israel of committing a genocide in Gaza,
Representatives of the US, Israel and Canada were already outside the hall, having boycotted the speech in protest of Ahmadinejad's persistent denial of the Holocaust.