All Israel settlements violate international law, said Ban Ki-moon. All of them. And for that he got stones and shoes thrown at his car. If he had said that some settlements were acceptable, I suppose his car would have been blown up.
Gratitude to the Infidels Alert: “All talk, no action as Israel’s settlements remain a sore point,” by Ruth Pollard in the Sydney Morning Herald, February 3:
…Ban was clear regarding the UN’s position on settlements.
”All Israeli settlements are contrary to international law “¦ and prejudice final status issues,” he said.
Israel ”should refrain from further settlement for the sake of ongoing peace talks”.
“UN Chief Receives Shoeing in Gaza,” by Gavriel Queenann for Israel National News, February 2:
An angry crowd hurled shoes and stones at United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s convoy as it entered Hamas-run Gaza on Thursday.
The crowd also struck the vehicles with signs bearing slogans accusing Ban of bias towards Israel, among others. No one was injured in the incident and the convoy simply pushed through the crowd and sped away. Ban is visiting the region to try to jumpstart the long-stalled peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
His visit comes on the heels of a similar failed visit by European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who said she feared the “window for talks” was “closing.” Both demanded Israel make “goodwill gestures” to the PA and Hamas while making no similar demands on officials in Ramallah and Gaza City.
Israeli officials say they are willing to restart talks without preconditions from either side immediately. However, the growing sentiment among many Israelis is that there is no good faith partner for peace on the PA side and that any agreement signed will be worthless.
PA officials continue to demand Israel agree to the pre-1967 lines, release all Arab terrorists held in Israeli prisons, and freeze construction in the ‘disputed territories’ for a second time before talks begin. Many Israelis see such terms as little more than total surrender before talks – and even more concessions – are undertaken in the name of peace.
On Thursday, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon responded to international pressure to restart talks and make “goodwill gestures” by saying that Israel would not make peace at the cost of its own existence….