JERUSALEM, Israel -- During a visit to Israel Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon blamed the anti-Israel bias at the United Nations on the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
"Unfortunately because of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel has been weighed down by criticism and suffered bias and sometimes even discrimination," Ban told a group of Israeli university students at the U.N.'s Jerusalem headquarters.
In a joint press conference with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Ban said there must be peace with the Palestinian Authority for Israel to realize its potential in the region.
"I believe Israel has much to contribute regionally and internationally," Ban said. "But to realize that potential we need peace in this region."
Some analysts pointed out that while Ban is here pushing the "peace process," hundreds of people have died in Egypt and more than 100,000 have been killed during Syria's two-year civil war.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon presented the U.N. secretary general with a map showing Hezbollah's rocket launch sites, bunkers, and weapons storage facilities in south Lebanese villages and towns.