President Reuven Rivlin met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem on Tuesday to discuss the recent escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
Ban said that he was in Israel “to encourage and support all efforts to lower tensions and prevent the situation from spinning out of control,” adding that his visit reflects the sense of global alarm at the rising violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
"If we do not act fast the dynamics on the ground may only get worse, with serious repercussions in and beyond Israel and Palestine,” he cautioned. “Violence only undermines the legitimate Palestinian aspirations for statehood, and of the longing of Israelis for security and peace.”
In welcoming Ban, Rivlin said that the Temple Mount is being held hostage by people who want to bring about a religious war, something that cannot be allowed.