Ahmadinejad's attendance, along with his meetings with Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz and the UN Secretary-General came at a particularly sensitive time for Israelis.
"It is unfortunate that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon deemed it appropriate to meet with the greatest Holocaust denier of our time, the head of a UN member state who calls for the destruction of another UN member state. This matter is especially severe, as it took place on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day," according to a statement by the Israeli foreign ministry.
Given seven minutes, Ahmadinejad takes half an hour
Ahmadinejad's half-hour speech – well over the seven minutes he'd been allotted – went on to blame the United States for suffering in Iraq and Afghanistan and exacerbating discrimination through the current economic crisis. Then, he returned to Israel, the "racist perpetrators of genocide." He called for the world to "put an end to abuses by the Zionists" and the "conspiracies by some powers and Zionist circles."