Israel's U.N. ambassador says the Palestinian leadership has started using recent statements by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon "to justify deplorable acts of terror," and he calls on the U.N. chief to withdraw his words.

Danny Danon said in a letter to Ban dated Saturday that his statements have been widely interpreted as creating "two categories of terror: terror directed at Israelis and terror directed at the rest of the world."

The secretary-general said last month that "it is human nature to react to occupation" and that Israeli settlement building is "an affront to the Palestinian people."

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that the secretary-general will not withdraw his statements and "stands by every word he has used." He said Ban has repeatedly condemned terror and terrorism.