He calls out the secretary general of the UN by name. Calling him hypocritical. For targeting Israel for the deaths of children in Gaza last summer. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahyu saying Ban Ki-moon ignores the fact that Hamas used the children as shields. “…the terror group Hamas is winning immunity from the UN even though it was proven beyond any doubt that it has committed war crimes by firing from hospitals, mosques, and from UN facilities,” Netanyahu writes in a Facebook posting. Click here to read the story.
Usually, when it comes to peace talks getting bogged down, there’s a lot of finger pointing. The Israelis blame the Palestinians. The Palestinians blame the Israelis. But now, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is saying, both side are to blame. And he’s imploring them both to stop sabotaging the peace process.
The shift to the right in the Israeli government following the formation of a new coalition that keeps Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister has been bemoaned by many as a sign that the Middle East peace process is all but dead. But some people are more optimistic. Including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Who says he is looking for realistic options for reigniting peace talks.
UNITED NATIONS (TRNS) — A string of car bombs rocked northern and eastern Baghdad Monday during a visit to the Iraqi capital by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Four separate blasts occurred in Shi’ite neighborhoods of Baghdad, killing at least 25 people and leaving 76 wounded.
A UN spokesperson confirmed late Monday that Ban was “safe and well” following the attacks, but could not provide further information about his reaction to the incidents.
The locations of the attacks were not located in close proximity to the government buildings where the secretary-general’s meetings with top Iraqi officials occurred. Thes visit was the Secretary-General’s fifth trip to Iraq since assuming he assumed the position in 2007.
Hamas is upset with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The terrorist organization controlling the Gaza is targeting Ban for his suggestion that a planned humanitarian flotilla, designed to break the Israeli security barricade, would not bring sufficient supplies to the people of Gaza. And would be counterproductive, confrontational and might possibly result in violence. Moon is asking governments in the region to prevent the flotilla, planned for later this month, from sailing.
Hamas is terming Ban’s communique a “dangerous deviation” from the UN’s founding principles. Hamas is calling on Ban to instead demand that Israel end the “siege” and support steps to transfer humanitarian assistance to the Gaza Strip.
The Popular Committee to Break the Siege on Gaza issued a press release on the Hamas website holding Ban responsible for the safety of Freedom Flotilla It charges that Ban is endorsing “Israeli piracy” by encouraging Israel to attack the flotilla.
The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center says Rami Abdo, a European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) activist and one of the central figures organizing the flotilla, denounced the UN secretary-general’s appeal in a television interview. He said that the flotilla was a “popular activity” of civilian organizations and that governments could not prevent it from sailing, the center said.
The center says Zaher al-Birawi, Hamas activist living in Britain, who also serves as a spokesman for the International campaign to Break the Siege on Gaza, emphasized that the UN should protect the flotilla instead of inciting people against it.