Netanyahu to UN's Ban: Unilateral Palestinian moves are only making the situation worse

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 13, 2014 16:15
1 minute read.

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Israel does not occupy Gaza,  therefore the "occupation" can not be the reason  behind the abundance of violence coming from the territory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told UN Chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday in Jerusalem.

"Israel left every centimeter of Gaza, every inch. We pulled the settlements out and cleared out the residents so there is no occupation of Gaza. The main reason for the violence in the summer was the Hamas rockets on Israeli cities. The rocket attacks often broke the neutrality of the UN by use of their spaces, their schools, as a part of Hamas's terror infrastructure," Netanyahu told Ban.

"When they found rockets in UN schools, UN officials returned them to Hamas, the same Hamas that fired the same rockets on Israeli cities a nd on Israeli citizens..the real reason for the rocket fire from Hamas is their refusal to recognize Israel's existence. Hamas doesn't care about  the1967 lines. For them, Israel doesn't have a right to exist, under any borders...just read their manifest, because it is written clearly there."

Netanyahu continued and said that for these reasons, Hamas is "everyone's enemy" and that real peace is only possible through negotiations with those who want it. "The one sided moves of the Palestinians in the UN aren't helping peace, the opposite is true, they are making the situation worse, something no one wants."

Netanyahu also spoke about rioting and violence at the Temple Mount in recent days, saying that Israel is obligated to the status quo as it has been for decades.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 18, 2018
U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

By REUTERS