(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) In a rare admission, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said
on Friday that there is U.N. bias against Israel.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: World Economic Forum.
Speaking to university students at the U.N. Headquarters in Jerusalem, Ban
stated that Israel, as a U.N. member, should get the same treatment as other
nations. “Unfortunately, because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel
has been weighed down by criticism and suffered from bias and sometimes even
discrimination,” he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Ban on Friday. The two
discussed regional concerns, and Netanyahu raised the issue of U.N.-funded
schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that promote incitement against Jews
and Israel. Netanyahu said that the root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is
the Palestinian “refusal to recognize the Jewish state in any boundary.”
Historically, official U.N. statements and
resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have frequently criticized
Israel, rather than taking the approach of Ban’s comments on Friday.