Israel cannot permanently occupy Palestinian lands: Obama at UN
Barack Obama says Israel will be better off if it makes peace with Palestinians and realize it cannot permanently occupy the Palestinian lands.
Obama made the remarks in his final address to the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
"Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel ... (and if) Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land," Obama said.
Opening the General Assembly session on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also addressed the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
“As a friend of both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, it pains me that this past decade has been ten years lost to peace,” Ban said.
“Ten years lost to illegal settlement expansion. Ten years lost to intra-Palestinian divide, growing polarization and hopelessness. This is madness," he said.