United Nations Secretary-General, Bank ki-moon, stated that the two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians is having less chances of survival, and warned that Israelâ€™s ongoing actions of construction and expansion of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied territories are hindering the prospects of peace in the region.Speaking at the General Assembly, the UN Chief said that Israelâ€™s expansion of settlements is hindering the prospects of achieving peace in the Middle East, and added that â€śthe door to achieving peace might be closing, for goodâ€ť.
He further stated that Israelâ€™s ongoing expansion of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory poses a serious risk to the international efforts aimed at achieving a lasting peace agreement in the region, and added â€śwe must act on breaking this impasseâ€ť.
Ban further spoke of the current crisis with Iran, and stated that he rejects â€śany threat of military action by any country against the otherâ€ť.
He was referring to recent comments made by American, Israeli and Iranian officials; Israel is urging the United States to take military action against Tehran, and even hinted it would conduct a military action â€śshould the International community fail to actâ€ť, according to Tel Aviv officials.
The UN official refrained from accusing one country of causing tension in the region, but only said that he â€śrejects the language of delegitimization and threats of military actions by any country against anotherâ€ť.