With his term as secretary-general coming to an end, Ban Ki-moon wrote an op-ed in the New York Times in which he attacks Israel, a clear indication that he has decided to focus solely on the Israeli-Palestinian problem – ignoring hundreds of other, worse, conflicts around the world. His obsession with Israel suggests he has lost any inhibitions in hiding his deep bias against, and hatred for, the Jewish State.
As United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s term comes to an end, it appears he has decided to ruin the last shreds of the UN’s supposed impartiality and wage an open battle against Israel.
In an opinion piece published Sunday by The New York Times, Ban deflected Israeli criticism of his attacks on its policies, which he had called “unsustainable,” and stood by comments he made last week, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said encouraged Palestinian terrorism against Israel.
In the piece titled, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger, Israel,” Ban reiterated many of his earlier comments at the Security Council (UNSC) Tuesday, calling Israeli construction in Judea and Samaria and in Jerusalem “an affront to the Palestinian people,” adding that “it is human nature to resist occupation,” meaning the legitimate, legal and historic Israeli presence in these areas is “occupation.”
He also called for a freeze of construction in Judea and Samaria, home to 400,000 Israelis.
“Criticism of the United Nations — or attacks against me — comes with the territory,” he wrote, yet claiming that his “heartfelt concerns” about what he termed as “short-sighted or morally damaging policies” emanate from many sources, including Israel’s closest friends.
“It [Israel] cannot be sustainable to keep lashing out at every well-intentioned critic,” Ban wrote.
Ban claimed that he would always stand up for Israel’s right to exist, but added: “the time has come for Israelis, Palestinians and the international community to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable. Keeping another people under indefinite occupation undermines the security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians.”
Ban’s harsh piece was ostensibly sparked by Israel’s recent approval of 150 new homes in Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.
In the opinion piece, Ban also pointed out that last month Israel declared 370 acres in the West Bank, “state land,” which he said “typically leads to exclusive settler use.”
He made no mention that a future Palestinian state would be for exclusive Palestinian use.
Ban does not appear to have written a similar piece about any other conflict on any other country during his tenure as UN secretary general.
Just last week, Israeli envoy to the UN Danny Danon cited the UNSC for its lack of response to Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis.
During the last four months, during which Israel has suffered from a wave of almost daily Palestinian terror attacks, the UNSC has adopted twelve resolutions against terrorism and condemned terrorist attacks in France, the Sinai, Lebanon, Mali, Tunisia, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Somalia, and Sudan.
Yet, “not once were the lives of Israelis murdered by terrorists recognized by this Council. No condemnation, no expression of solidarity, not even a statement of concern. The facts don’t lie. The Security Council has been hypocritical when it comes to Israel,” Danon charged.
Responding to the op-ed, Danon said the Ban was again expressing support and justifying Palestinian terrorism.
“There is no excuse for the murder of women at their homes in front of their children,” Danon stated, relating to the Palestinian murder of Dafna Meir in front of her children at the entrance to her home.
“The Palestinian incitement machine continues to generate terrorism, while the UN secretary general’s words generate legitimacy for terrorism, Danon charged.
Danon again underlined Ban’s choice to ignore the reality in Israel, and instead of lending it support in its war on terrorism, he chooses to support the knife-wielding Palestinians.
“The UN’s function is to fight terrorism, not encourage it,” said Danon.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff