After Netanyahu’s Eloquent Appeal, Ban Ki-Moon Calls for Israel’s “Maximum Restraint”


ban-ki-moon-netanyahu[Video below.] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in its operation focused on Gaza, saying in Jerusalem that the loss of civilian lives was “unacceptable under any circumstances.”

Speaking at a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu after the two held a meeting, Mr. Ban also said he “strongly cautioned against a ground invasion” of the Palestinian enclave.

The latest wave of violence – which includes rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – began on 14 November. A chorus of UN officials, beginning with the Secretary-General, have appealed for an end to the violence and strongly urged the parties to achieve an immediate ceasefire.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “One of the things that we’re doing is trying to resist and counter a terrorist barrage which is aimed directly at our civilians, and doing so by minimizing civilian casualties, whereas the terrorist enemies of Israel are doing everything in their power to maximize the number of civilian casualties. Obviously, no country can tolerate a wanton attack on its civilians.

“Rockets have hit areas just outside of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Israeli towns near Gaza, killing and injuring civilians,” said Mr. Ban, calling the attacks “unacceptable, irresponsible and reckless. I strongly condemn these actions. Rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel must cease immediately.

“I know how difficult the situation is here, but Israel must exercise maximum restraint,” he said, also taking noted of an Israeli statement that Israeli military operations focused on “military facilities. While Israeli rockets may be aimed at military targets inside Gaza, they kill and injure civilians and damage civilian infrastructures,” he added. “The loss of civilian lives is unacceptable under any circumstances. The excessive use of force is unlawful and must be rejected.”

Click below for a video of the joint press conference:

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  1. When is Ban Ki Moon going to Gaza to call on the Palestinians to refrain from targeting Israeli civilians?

    I am sorry Israel agreed to the Cease Fire. This will enable the Palestinians to get better more up to date rockets. Once they restock it will start again. Why do Israeli leaders repeat the same mistake again and again?

    P.S. Did anyone hear an outcry anywhere in the Western World about the disgraceful lynching of the so called collaborators. The silence is deafening.

  2. I think that both Ban Ki-Moon and Hilary Clinton should have been presented with an all-expenses-paid 72-hour vacation to either Sderot or Beersheva while the rockets were flying, before forming any opinions.

  3. There is a lot going on behind the cutains,wich people incl myself dont no,his comments here are just for the papers,if he would come out and be totally supportive for israel he probably would have been killed………….

  4. Jeff,

    That’s a poor attempt at justifying him. “There’s more behind the scenes”. Really, try some logic.
    Oh, there isn’t any? I guess I should be sorry I pushed you against a wall