Ban's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief will stand by every word he has used.
In an opinion piece published last week by The New York Times, Ban wrote, The time has come for Israelis, Palestinians and the international community to read the writing on the wall: The status quo is untenable."
"Keeping another people under indefinite occupation undermines the security and the future of both Israelis and Palestinians, he said.
Tensions have been running high in the West Bank after Israels imposition in August 2015 of restrictions on the entry of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The mosque in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) is the third holiest site in Islam.
More than 170 Palestinians, including children and women, have been killed by Israeli forces since the outbreak of tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories last October. Some 27 Israelis, mostly soldiers, have also lost their lives in Palestinian attacks.