Obama pushes for new talks as Abbas keeps UN hopes alive

By Lesley Clark . Divided…pro-Israeli protesters against the upcoming vote to grant Palestine United Nations membership outside the United Nations. Photo: AFP

UNITED NATIONS: With his administration and United States allies unable to dissuade the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, from pursuing membership at the United Nations, President Barack Obama will make a case for reviving the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Mr Obama, who was set to meet Mr Abbas yesterday, is expected to include in his remarks to world leaders before the UN General Assembly a reiteration of US policy: that for the decades-old conflict to be resolved, Palestinians and Israelis need to negotiate.

”Peace is going to have to be made between the parties,” the deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said, offering a preview of Mr Obama’s remarks. ”It’s going to have to be the Israelis and the Palestinians sitting down, dealing with the very hard issues that have divided them. There’s no shortcut to peace.”

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