Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon lashed out at U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, after the latter pointed fingers at Israel in his opening speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, calling ongoing settlement expansion and conflict "madness."
"The real madness belongs to the U.N.," Danon said. "Instead of attacking the incitement and terror and instead of bringing Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] to the negotiating table, the secretary-general chose to attack the State of Israel again.
"This is a mad obsession with Israel, and the time has come to stop it."
In his earlier speech, Ban said, "As a friend of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, it pains me that this past decade has been 10 years lost to peace. Ten years lost to illegal settlement expansion. Ten years lost to intra-Palestinian divide, growing polarization and hopelessness.
"This is madness. Replacing a two-state solution with a one-state construct would spell doom: denying Palestinians their freedom and rightful future, and pushing Israel further from its vision of a Jewish democracy toward greater global isolation."
Danon said that Ban's attack came "as Palestinian terror returned to the streets of Israel. The secretary-general ignores the responsibility of Abu Mazen and the Palestinian leadership, who continue to incite terror."
Ban, who will finish his term as secretary-general at the end of 2016, recalled how a year ago the Palestinian flag was raised for the first time above the U.N. building in New York, "yet the prospects for a two-state solution are being lowered by the day. All the while, the occupation grinds into its 50th year."
This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by Israel Hayom at http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=36605