Israeli politicians blast UN chief’s remarks on terror

Israeli politicians sharply condemned on Tuesday evening the remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis and said they were a result of "Palestinian frustration."

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely blasted the remarks and said, "Terrorism in Paris and terrorism in Otniel is the same terrorism.”

"The UN Secretary-General is trying to divide and conquer in his words and is harming the global fight against terrorism of which Israel is a leader and gives legitimacy to those murderers to continue to attack," she added.

Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid blasted the remarks as well, saying, "Terrorism against innocent civilians cannot be justified, we must not provide explanations for it. It is inconceivable that anyone in the world – certainly not the UN Secretary-General – says that terror is the 'result' of something."

"Terrorism against innocent people is nothing but the result of the murderous madness of its perpetrators," added Lapid.

Housing Minister Yoav Galant also weighed in on the remarks and wrote on his Facebook page, “Will the UN Secretary-General also justify the terrorists from France? Will he say that the reaction of the people who killed thousands of people in 9/11 is a natural one? Will he express empathy for terrorist groups in Africa?”

“This organization does not miss an opportunity to lash out at Israel in a disproportionate manner, but the justification of terrorism is breaking a new record,” added Galant.

Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu strongly condemned Ban’s remarks, saying they “give encouragement to terror.”

"There is no justification for terror. The Palestinian murderers don't want to build a state – they want to destroy a state (Israel), and they say it out loud," he continued. "They want to murder Jews wherever they are, and they say it out loud. They don't murder for the sake of peace and they don't murder for the sake of human rights,” he added.

"The UN long ago lost its neutrality and its moral authority, and these words of the Secretary-General don't make the situation any better."

Ban's speech came shortly after Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon rebuked the Security Council for failing to condemn a single Palestinian terror attack against Israelis since the ongoing wave of terrorism began several months ago.


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