Israel’s hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused UN chief of providing a “tailwind” for terrorism on Tuesday, after Ban Ki-moon hinted that the wave of Palestinian deadly attacks was “human nature to react to occupation.”
In the statement released by his office, Netanyahu also attacked the UN in general, charging that the international body “lost its neutrality and moral force a long time ago, and the secretary general’s remarks do not improve the situation.”
On Tuesday evening, Ban slammed Israel’s “provocative” expansion of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank, saying it raises questions about its commitment to a two-state solution.
The remarks came a day after Israel reportedly approved plans for 153 new housing units in West Bank settlements.
The settlements are illegal under international law. The international community has been condemning the Israeli control over the Palestinian territories.