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Must diplomats be diplomatic?

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Diplomats have walked out of a UN anti-racism conference during a speech by the Iranian president in which he described Israel as "totally racist". Retired diplomat Lord Hannay and Anthony Lerman, director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, discuss if that the right approach or whether they should they have stayed to voice their disapproval.

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