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Netanyahu accuses Ban Ki-moon of 'encouraging terror'

Israeli Prime Minister fires back after UN Secretary General justifies Palestinian terrorism as a result of 'frustration.'
By Ari Soffer
First Publish: 1/26/2016, 8:11 PM

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has strongly condemned remarks made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in which the UN chief expressed sympathy for Palestinian terrorist attacks.

At a special United Nations Security Council session, Ban condemned the presence of Jews in Judea and Samaria, while justifying murderous attacks against Israelis as a result of "Palestinian frustration."

"The UN Secretary-General's words give encouragement to terror," Netanyahu fired in response. 

"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.

"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 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.