"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN," Obama told the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, September 21, reported Reuters.
"If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will tender a request to the UN on Friday, September 23, for recognition of an independent Palestinian state.
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Obama said that creating a Palestinian state alongside
"And I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades.
"Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians -- not us -- who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and
US-sponsored peace talks collapsed last year over
There are more than 164 Jewish settlements in the
The international community considers all settlements on the occupied land illegal.
The Palestinians see statehood as opening the way for negotiations between equals.
Obama's speech deeply disappointed the Palestinians.
"You would think that the Palestinians are occupying
Ashrawi accused Obama of showing empathy with Israelis, but not Palestinians, saying that the
"They apply to every Arab individual, but when it comes to Palestinians suffering from an oppressive foreign military occupation, somehow ... these principles do not apply," she said.
"They only apply when Arabs rebel against their own oppressive regime."
Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Executive Committee, was also critical of Obama's speech.
"We expected to hear that the liberty of the Palestinian people is the key to the Arab spring," he said.
"The entire region deserves liberty."
But Obama's speech was a jubilance to
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Obama "for standing with
"We both agree that this is the only way," he said.
The hawkish premier said that "Palestinians deserve a state".
"But it's a state that has to make peace with
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