UN chief 'not optimistic' about Israeli-Palestinian crisis

A Palestinian protester stands amid burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, on October 21, 2015UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council on Wednesday that he was “not optimistic” following his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders to urge them to defuse tensions, diplomats said. The UN chief traveled to the region on Tuesday to urge the Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from a “dangerous escalation” that could lead to a full-scale Palestinian uprising. After meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, Ban delivered a sobering assessment of the prospects, according to diplomats at the meeting.

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