Ban Ki-Moon Criticizes Israel at UN General Assembly

Outgoing UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon. (Photo: via UN)

Speaking at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly, UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon criticized Israel for continuing its expansion policy in the West Bank by building more settlements, and expressed dissatisfaction with the internal Palestinian division, noting that Israel’s actions would eventually create a one-state reality.

“It pains me that this past decade has been lost to peace. Ten years lost to illegal settlement expansion. Ten years lost to intra-Palestinian divide, growing polarization and hopelessness,” he said.

“This is madness. Replacing a two-state solution with a one-state construct would spell doom: denying Palestinians their freedom and rightful future, and pushing Israel further from its vision of a Jewish democracy towards greater global isolation,” said Ki Moon.

He noted that such Israeli policies would make it more isolated. Ki-Moon is stepping down as UN Secretary-general on December 31, after 10 years.


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