Published on Sep 15, 2016
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has slammed Israel’s settlement expansions, calling for an end to Tel Aviv’s rule over Palestinian territories. The UN chief said Israel’s policy of building settlements on land earmarked for a future Palestinian state is illegal. Ban said Israeli data show that the period starting from April has seen the highest number of settlement projects in three years. He also slammed Israeli Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu’s remark that opposition to settlements amounts to ethnic cleansing. The UN chief called Netanyahu’s comment unacceptable and outrageous. Ban was speaking at a UN Security Council session. The meeting was held after Israel’s minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman ordered employees and military officials to boycott UN special envoy Nickolay Mladenov over his criticism of Tel Aviv’s settlement policies.