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UN's Ban Ki-Moon accuses Israel of 'breeding' Palestinian terror attacks
Thank you for receiving me so warmly and at such short notice.
My visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the dangerous escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians. I am here to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control.
I want to express my condolences to the families and loved ones of all the victims of the hostilities and terrorist attacks. No society should have to live in fear. No society can afford to see its youth suffer in hopelessness.
If we do not act fast, the dynamics on the ground may only get worse, with serious repercussions in and beyond Israel and Palestine.
It is not too late to avoid a broader crisis. In my meetings today and tomorrow with the Israeli and Palestinian leadership, I will be appealing to all to take concerted steps to limit new incidents on both sides. Violence only begets violence. We must not allow extremists on either side, or those who think violence is the answer, to further fuel the conflict.
Beyond the immediate tensions, what is missing is the resolve to restore a political horizon for talks, and a political process that delivers real results and hope. Violence only undermines the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security.
The status quo is only making things worse. This conflict has gone on for far too long. We must, for the future of our children, turn back from this dangerous abyss, safeguard the two-state solution and lead people back onto the road towards peace.
The United Nations, and I as Secretary-General, will continue to support all efforts to create the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations and a just, comprehensive and lasting peace.
My source is the Jpost, Israeli. So unless they're lying about him so they can play the victim card he probably said it.
In a message delivered on his behalf to a conference on the “Rights of the Palestinian people,” UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said the recent terrorist attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are “bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.”
He's very critical of Israel for years now.
In his message, which was delivered on Tuesday, Ban also blamed the “settlement enterprise” for the deterioration of the situation in the region.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a message delivered on his behalf by Douglas Broderick, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Indonesia, said a growing one-State reality threatened to close the window of opportunity to reach the two-State goal. Indeed, the Meeting was taking place against a backdrop of one of the most serious eruptions of Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent years.
Mr. Bunnie Ki-moon has no idea what he is even saying, a large amount of the latest palestinians who so happily became martyrs were not "angry youth with no other option" that is such a load of rubbish.
The poor teens and kids who went on doing the same did not do it because they "had no options" they are simply being constantly brainwashed by Hamas media and propaganda, Hamas fills the TV channels with constant propaganda and cartoons they make encouraging people to go on stabbing spree/vehicle attacks/and as of late also with guns.
originally posted by: MaxMech
Ahhhh the UN.... the unbiased fighters for justice...
Guess how many UN resolution there is against ISIS..
What video are you talking about? The video that you posted which is from October, you know the wrong video? The video the article is talking about happened last Tuesday, you know December 15, 2015.
I am pleased to send greetings to all those taking part in this event organized jointly by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
This meeting takes place against the backdrop of one of the most serious eruptions of Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent years. It is no coincidence that Jerusalem was one of the sparks that lit the fuse of this latest escalation, as it did in the early 2000s, when the intifada took so many Palestinian and Israeli lives.
Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world, holds shrines sacred to billions of people worldwide — Muslims, Jews and Christians alike. What happens in Jerusalem reverberates around the world. Any action which could be interpreted as attempting to change the delicate balance, and particularly the status quo of the holy sites, carries with it the risk of conflict.
I welcome the understandings reached in October of this year between the Governments of Israel and Jordan to stabilize the situation around the Al-Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount. Israel’s reaffirmation not to seek to divide the site and the commitment to enforcing the long-standing policy in which Muslims pray and non-Muslims visit the holy sites must be strictly upheld. I hope that increased coordination between the authorities concerned will help to ensure respect for the sanctity of the area.
I conveyed these messages to officials during my emergency visit to the region in October.
To address the wider escalation of violence, I also underlined the urgent need for leaders to rein in incitement, for Israeli security forces to ensure a calibrated use of force in response to incidents, and for all of us to address the prevailing lack of a political horizon to end the occupation and achieve a negotiated two-State solution.
Continued security cooperation between Palestinian and Israeli authorities remains integral to a peaceful resolution of the conflict. However, the violence cannot and will not be addressed by security measures alone. The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation. It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust. It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.
This is at heart a political conflict that will require serious negotiations by parties willing to make the necessary compromises, supported by regional partners and the international community. Only through a negotiated solution can a sustainable Palestinian State be established and Jerusalem emerge as a capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all.
As the current situation continues to deteriorate, and the settlement enterprise continues to expand, a growing one-State reality threatens to close the window of opportunity to reach the two-State goal.
In such a critical context, all parties must refrain from attempts to establish facts on the ground that alter the character of the Holy City or the demographics of the West Bank. Settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Demolitions of houses and other measures of collective punishment are in contravention of Israel’s obligation to protect civilians.
The violence and attacks against civilians, including rocket fire from Gaza, are unacceptable and must stop.
Let us empower the voices of all those on both sides who want peace to prevail. Let us stand up against extremists seeking to exploit the bloodshed.
I look forward to the revitalized Quartet realizing its full peacemaking potential, strengthened by its cooperation with regional partners and the international community, to create the conditions for a return to meaningful negotiations.
The United Nations, and I personally, remain committed to helping the parties bring the occupation and this long-standing conflict to an end, in pursuit of the lasting vision of Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security.
In this spirit, please accept my best wishes for a successful event.
The anger we are witnessing is bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation. It is the result of fear, humiliation, frustration and mistrust. It has been fed by the wounds of decades of bloody conflict, which will take a long time to heal. Palestinian youth in particular are tired of broken promises and they see no light at the end of the tunnel.
originally posted by: yuppa
a reply to: buster2010
Yeah th e Palestinian refugees are illegally staying there when their mother country can take them back but wont because in black september they were exiled. Jordan ethnic cleansed them. which is illegal under the UN and geneva conventions right? So why should they dictate how another people run their country? Go back home to jordan with UN help.
But Hamas are so peaceful and loving right?
Lots of issues that need to be addressed, these issues will never be fixed as long as Israel gets blamed for everything.
NEW YORK – In a message delivered on his behalf to a conference on the “Rights of the Palestinian people,” UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon said the recent terrorist attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are “bred from nearly five decades of Israeli occupation.”
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Swills
It figures that the U.N. and the OP would blame the victims and support the terrorists and their tactics. It is pretty obvious that those that sympathize with the terrorists are a large part of the problem.