The speech fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Ahmadeinejad is known for being virulently anti-Israel.
In fact, he asserted, “I do not believe that Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and others have any problems among themselves or are hostile against each other. They get along together comfortably and live together in an atmosphere of peace and amity.”
The crux of his speech was a call for a New World Order and a restructuring of the U.N.
The hall was about half-empty for most of the day, but several members of Syria’s delegation did arrive to hear Ahmadinejad speak. Iran is the Assad regime's main friend inthe region. Representatives from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkey were also in the room. The U.S., as per tradition, boycotted the Iranian president’s speech, but notably present from Western nations were representatives from Australia, Sweden, and Switzerland.