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UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. (file)

Ban Ki-Moon had it right when he began his remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Jan. 26. In the first session of 2016, Ban said that this new year started the same way that 2015 ended, with “unacceptable violence.”

We’re with you there.


But despite emitting a one sentence acknowledgement of reality – “Stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians – all of which I condemn —  and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have continued to claim lives,” Moon then proceeded to justify Palestinian Arab terrorism.

It’s the same old tired trope: the “Occupation” leads to “frustration,” the sense of “alienation and despair,” a “potent incubator of hate and extremism,” a “chipping away” at the “ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

So what does Ban suggest to end the terrorism? He called for the “strengthen[ing] of Palestinian institutions, security and economic prospects,” [please note, the Palestinian Arabs are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid] hand over more control of Area C (the sector of the disputed territories where the greatest number of Jews live!) to the Palestinian Arabs; and a “freeze of Israel’s settlement enterprise.” Oh, and everyone should please fulfill their pledges to help rebuild Gaza and Palestinian Arab groups please stop fighting with each other and concentrate instead on Israel.

Just in case you might be wondering where Ban’s sympathies lie, he lays it out clearly. The building of homes for Jews anywhere in the disputed territories, he said, “are an affront to the Palestinian people and to the international community. They rightly raise fundamental questions about Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution.”

Got it.

Ban went so far as to suggest that Israelis should ignore the ruling by its own Supreme Court – not a hawkish institution by anyone’s (rational) imagination – that land south of Gush Etzion could be used by Jews.

That’s right, the Secretary General of the U.N. told a sovereign people to ignore the ruling of their own Supreme Court. That is unprecedented and unconscionable.

The whole issue is the creation of a Palestinian State. It is not a peace process, it is simply a Palestinian State creation process, and the security of Israel? Yes, of course, if that happens. But make no mistakes about what is the priority.

To be fair, the U.N. Secretary General also chided the Palestinian Arabs. There was one sentence, 21 paragraphs along, in which he “condemned the firing of rockets into Israel from Gaza.” But the remainder of his focus on Gaza was about reconciliation, about encouraging Arab factions in Gaza to work out issues amongst themselves. The better to eat you with, my dear. No, he actually didn’t say that. What he said was that will enable the Palestinian Arabs to work together in a more unified fashion in order to achieve a Palestinian State.

Finally, in paragraph 31, Ban slips in along with his beseeching of all parties to please, oh please quickly create a Palestinian State, a wag of a finger at the Palestinian Arabs. No, not for terrorist acts, but just to remind them that “incitement has no place,” and that “questioning the right of Israel to exist cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, all the evil terrorist acts of the Palestinian Arabs can be understood as the result of the occupation, but stop saying Israel has no right to exist and stop saying (at least in public) that killing Israelis is your right.


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response was swift and unequivocal, rejecting Ban’s statement and its premise. Rather than seeking to justify the terrorism of the Palestinian Arabs, the U.N., including its titular head, must recognize that “Palestinian murderers do not want to build a state – they want to destroy a state and they say this openly. They want to murder Jews simply because they are Jews and they say this openly. They do not murder for peace and they do not murder for human rights.”


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  1. It seems clear that Ban ki-Moon is incapable of understanding the pain of parents when their 23 year old daughter is stabbed to death by a ______ (can't say "person" or even "monster"–no one who does that is entitled to any reasonable designation). And I feel very bad for him. So bad, that I'm going to pray for him. I'm going to pray that people like him suffer the same exact consequences, and then maybe, just maybe, they'll be able to summon up the courage to understand other people's pain, even if they are Jewish!

  2. North Korea tests another nuclear device. Saudi Arabia executes dozens for anti saudi activities. Iran executes Gays and others accused of questionable charges. Syrian Assad slaughters thousand of innocent citizens…….Not important! lets condemn Israel, after all if it wasn't for Israel, the Middle Eastern countries would be lands of milk and honey….Pathetic!

  3. 212-963-7161 It is the direct number to Ban Ki Moon’s office. What is important is that you tell Ban Ki Moon that you want him to say that Jewish Lives Matter – not in the same sentence with those who murder Jews. Moon needs feedback. Important not to lose your temper and to be cool. One crazy call and we all lose credibility. Moon needs to receive hundreds of calls to object to his attem pt to “explain” why people murder Jews.

  4. With all the Koreans being exterminated by a machigenah leader and all the wars being fought at present by the other luantic fringe Islam, then I just cannot comprehend how on earth he points fingers at Jews/Israel – I guess it is a safe bet for him to do so, join the masses of hate-filled, biased enemies of Israel and condemn the only country who contributes more than any other for its size and concentration of residents. it doesn't matter if he does leave his present post, it will only be filled by another of a similar ilk, it is in the job description "you must hate Jews to work here…!"

  5. Mr. Ban Ki-moon – born in 1944 – was one year old when the Japanese army withdrew from his country. He probably also remembers that in 1950 the Chinese army invaded Korea.
    (The psychological effect from childhood and the subsequent development of the individual is explained in the Psychoanalysis of Freud).

    But in our situation all is different.
    The State of Israel must protect itself against the terrorism from Gaza and, also, against “militants”-terrorists from PLO.

    Gentlemen, this is not a game of hide-and-seek. This is war!
    We must end it as soon as possible….

  6. The UN should why the Palestinians deserve a nation but not the Kurds, Basques, Catalonians, Berbers or a host of African and Asian nationalities. Ban should also explain why the UN has one definition of refugee for the Israeli/Arab conflict and another for the rest of the world.

  7. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU IGNORE CHILDREN OF Nigeria THEN IT HAPPENS 2 U 2 ……. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS 1ST BLOOD MOON SEPT 15TH 2014..212-963-7161 It is the direct number to Ban Ki Moon’s office. What is important is that you tell Ban Ki Moon that you want him to say that Jewish& Nigerian Lives Matter

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