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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued the following statement on US President Barack Obama's nomination of US Senator (D-Massachusetts) John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State

"I welcome the nomination of John Kerry to the post of US Secretary of State. Kerry has considerable experience and is a known supporter of the security of the State of Israel. John Kerry and I have been friends for many years. I very much appreciated the fact that six months ago, after my father passed away, he came to visit me during the week of mourning. I look forward to working together with him."

Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject - elimination of racism - has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the UN.


Signs outside Durban programme of action

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)


 The UN General Assembly has adopted on December 24th a resolution on "Combating racism and follow-up of the Durban Programme of Action".

Israel is part of the international struggle against racism. The Jewish people  was itself a victim of racism throughout history.

Israel regrets that a resolution on an important subject - elimination of racism - has been diverted and politicized by the automatic majority at the UN, by linking it to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (2001) that many states would prefer to forget. The Durban Conference of 2001, with its antisemitic undertones and displays of hatred for Israel and the Jewish World, left us with scars that will not heal quickly.

In the coming months, Israel will follow closely the preparations for the upcoming September 2001 meeting.  Israel expects the participants to deal appropriately with the serious manifestations of racism throughout the world, and to reject attempts to once again divert world attention from this dangerous phenomenon by means of cheap politicization.

Under the present circumstances, as long as the meeting is defined as part of the infamous "Durban process", Israel will not  participate in the meeting scheduled to take place in UN Headquarters in New York in September 2011.