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UpFront - Israeli minister: Palestinians under 'ISIL influence'

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Israeli government are at odds after the UN chief criticised the Israeli occupation in an address to the Security Council last week. Ban said it was "human nature" for Palestinians to react to the occupation, specifically pointing to settlement building as a "provocative" action. The remarks elicited strong criticism from the Israeli government, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing the UN chief of "encouraging terror". In this week's Headliner, Mehdi Hasan speaks to Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, the country's top diplomat, about Ban's remarks. Hotovely says Israel's domestic and military intelligence agencies are "absolutely wrong" to suggest that Palestinian violence is created from hopelessness. "It means that terrorism is the main problem, is the main issue, not frustration," the de-facto foreign minister adds. Hotovely also suggests Palestinians may have been influenced by the rise of ISIL. "There are many other people that are saying that the Palestinian society today is choosing…the extremist side, under the influence of ISIS, as the atmosphere of the way the youngsters are being raised," she says, "and unfortunately also when they’re raised under the very hard incitement of the Palestinian Authority."