(AA) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday called on the new Israeli government to negotiate a peace plan that would create a “viable Palestinian state.”
Unofficial results of Tuesday’s Israeli general elections gives Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party 30 seats in the 120-seat parliament, with the center-left Zionist Union receiving 24 seats.
“It is incumbent on the new Israeli government, once formed, to create the conditions for a negotiated final peace agreement — with the active engagement of the international community — that will end the Israeli occupation and realize the creation of a viable Palestinian state, living in peace and security alongside Israel,” said the UN chief in a statement issued from his office.
Netanyahu said Monday that he would ditch the UN-proposed two-state model altogether and never allow the formation of a Palestinian state if he were to be re-elected.
The so-called “two-state solution” proposes the creation of an independent Palestinian state within pre-1967 borders living alongside Israel.
Ban also urged the Israeli government to resume the transfer of the tax revenues belonging to Palestinians.
The Israeli government blocked the transfer of approximately $125 million in tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority in retaliation of its decision in January to join the International Criminal Court, or ICC, to pursue war crimes charges.
The UN says the move was a violation of Israel’s obligations under the Paris Protocol of the Oslo Accords – a 1994 deal that formed the basis of economic relations between the two parties.