Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu alleged United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon of promoting a ‘tailwind to terror’ after Ban Ki-moon criticized Israel for expanding its settlement in occupied Palestinian territories. Ban Ki-moon described the attempt as ‘affront’ to the world.
The UN head also inquired in an unusually strong manner, Israel’s commitment to the two-state solution and claiming that Palestinian violence occurred as the result of ‘frustration’.
Ban Ki-moon said to the UN security council meeting: Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half-century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process. The settlement of building is an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community.
He rejected the anticipation of Israeli security measures on West Bank to end up the recent cycle of violence began in October last year, “Security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians especially young people.”
In last few weeks, PM Netanyahu and his right-wing allied group have been enmeshed violent exchanges with EU, the Swedish foreign minister Margot Wallstrom and with US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro who all made the critical statements.
Ban received Israel’s outrage over the comments regarding the violence between Israelis and Palestinians that he made a UN security council debate on the Middle East including the Palestinian question, when he convicted the attacks however, added, “It is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.”
The Israeli government claimed the violence is the outcome of Palestinian motive.
Responding to UN head’s remarks, Netanyahu said, “The secretary general’s remarks provide a tailwind for terror. There is no justification for terror. Those Palestinians who murder do not want to build a state, they want to destroy a state, and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews for being Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”
Netanyahu added: The UN has long lost its neutrality and moral power; these comments by the secretary general do little to improve its standing.
The recent row comes between the diplomats and some Israeli analysts that Israel is getting increasingly ‘isolated’ on diplomatic stage.
The Palestinians wish an independent state in West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, that was captured by Israel in the war of 1967. The latest round of peace-talks resolved in April 2014, and Israeli-Palestinian violence rushed in the previous months.
Israel also affirmed that it would aset aside a large area of fertile land in occupied West Bank.
Ban informed to UN Security council meeting on Middle East, “These provocative acts are bound to increase the growth of settler populations, further heighten tensions and undermine any prospects for a political road ahead.”
US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said, “Steps aimed at advancing the Israeli settlement program, are fundamentally incompatible with the two-state solution and raise legitimate questions about Israel’s long-term intentions.”
At least 5,50,000 Jewish settlers live in West Bank and East Jerusalem, as per told to Israeli government and think-tank statistics. However, about 3,50,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem and 2.7 million in West Bank.
The chief Palestinian delegate at the United Nations Riyad Mansour asked the security council to take action against Israeli settlements, “It must involve measures by all states and go beyond not rendering aid or assistance to holding Israel accountable for its actions.”