Ban Ki-Moon Calls On Israel To Halt West Bank Settlements | Last month, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, spoke out against Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying they jeopardize the two-state solution. Today, U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-Moon echoed those sentiments. Continued settlement “does not help the ongoing peace process,” Ban said. “They should refrain from further settlement for the sake of ongoing peace talks. This can be a way of expressing goodwill gestures.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to push back on Ban’s request, saying that the settlements “should be part of the final peace talks and final peace agreements.” In a related development, State Department spokesman Mark Toner yesterday criticized an recent Israeli government announcement that it would subsidize West Bank settlement construction. “We find those unconstructive and unhelpful,” he said.