U.N. chief Ban slams Israeli settlements as ‘provocative acts’

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon greets Israel's Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon before a U.N. Security Council meeting on the Middle East at U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday slammed Israel's settlement activities as "provocative acts" that raise questions about its commitment to a two-state solution amid growing Palestinian frustration over nearly 50 years of occupation. The Palestinians want an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in a 1967 war. Israel confirmed on Thursday that it would appropriate a large tract of fertile land in the occupied West Bank, close to Jordan, an area where Israel already has many settlement farms built on land Palestinians seek for a state.


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