Secretary-General’s remarks at press encounter on the situation in the Middle East
I am shocked by the misinterpretations by some of my statement yesterday in the Security Council – as if I was justifying acts of terror by Hamas.
This is false. It was the opposite.
In the beginning of my intervention yesterday, I clearly stated – and I quote:
“I have condemned unequivocally the horrifying and unprecedented 7 October acts of terror by Hamas in Israel.
Nothing can justify the deliberate killing, injuring and kidnapping of civilians – or the launching of rockets against civilian targets.”
Indeed, I spoke of the grievances of the Palestinian people and in doing so, I also clearly stated, and I quote:
“But the grievances of the Palestinian people cannot justify the appalling attacks by Hamas.”
And then I went on with my intervention referring to all my positions on all aspects of the Middle East crisis.
I believe it was necessary to set the record straight – especially out of respect to the victims and to their families.