Ki-moon to meet with Netanyahu and Abbas, calls to end of Palestinian violence and end to “Israel’s occupation”
United Nations General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Israel Tuesday to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon is also en route to Israel to meet with Ki-moon before flying to New York.
The surprise visit comes after the United Nations released a video of Ki-moon calling for peace and an end to violence in Israel and the “occupied Palestinian territories. Ki-moon stated in the address, “I would like to speak directly to the peoples of Israel and Palestine about the dangerous escalation and violence across the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, especially in Jerusalem. I am dismayed – as we all should be – when I see young people, children, picking up weapons and seeking to kill. Let me be clear, violence will only undermine the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood and the longing of Israelis for security.
He added, “To the youth of Palestine I say, understand your frustration. I know your hopes for peace have been dashed countless time. You are angry at the continued occupation and extension of settlements. Many of you are disappointed in your leaders, and in us- the international community, because of our inability for us to end this occupation” calling on the Palestinians to “Harness the energy of your people in a peaceful way to make their dreams and aspirations a reality. Ki-moon added that peace can “Only be reached by establishing a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace with Israel, not through the violent acts we have been witnessing.”
On Israel’s security, Ki-moon criticized Israel’s “harsh responses” and stated “When children are afraid to go to school, when anyone on the street is a potential victim, security is rightly your immediate priority. But walls, checkpoints, harsh responses by the security forces and house demolitions cannot sustain the peace and safety that you need and must have.”
He called on Israel “To end the occupation and pursue a two-state solution by making changes on the ground.”
Security has been high due to increased violence and terror attacks through out Israel, mainly in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
On Tuesday morning, a Palestinian attempted to stab an IDF soldier during a riot in the Palestinian village of Beit Awa. The terrorist was shot and killed.