Let me begin by stating that I do not object to the UN Secretary General condemning the act of arson by Jewish settlers in the West Bank that resulted in the death of an 18-month Palestinian child nor do I object to him characterizing it as a terrorist attack.
But I do dissent with Ban’s condemnation in two respects.
First, I object to his rationalization:
The absence of a political process and Israel’s illegal settlement policy, as well as the harsh and unnecessary practice of demolishing Palestinian houses, have given rise to violent extremism on both sides. This presents a further threat to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people for statehood, as well as to the security of the people of Israel. The Secretary-General urges both sides to take bold steps to return to the path of peace.