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UN General Assembly 2011: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Addresses The Assembly

09/23/2011 11:59 am ET | Updated Nov 23, 2011

On the third day of the debate in the 66th Session of the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has submitted a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon formally submitting a claim for Palestinian statehood.

Follow his remarks LIVE below:

Quotes are via UN translator.

09/23/2011 2:09 PM EDT

Netanyahu Finishes His Speech Before The UN

Netanyahu Finishes His Speech Before The UN

09/23/2011 2:07 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses The UN

Netanyahu: "Let's listen to each other and with God's help we will find the grounds for peace. I cannot make peace alone."

09/23/2011 2:06 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses The UN

Netanyahu: "We have to stop negotiating the negotiations. Let's just get on with it. Let's negotiate peace."

09/23/2011 2:04 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses The UN

Netanyahu says he hopes President Abbas will be his partner in peace, and that he has worked hard to obtain that peace.

09/23/2011 2:00 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses UN

Netanyahu: "The core of the conflict are not the settlements, the settlements are a result of the conflict. The core of the conflict has always been the refusal of the Palestinians to recognize a Jewish state in any border."

09/23/2011 1:57 PM EDT

Netanyahu Refers To Gilad Shalit

Netanyahu: Every country here today should ask for the release of Gilad Shalit (the young Israeli soldier who is held in captivity in Gaza).

09/23/2011 1:55 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses The UN

Netanyahu argues that there are key strategic and security issues that need to be negotiated before a Palestinian state emerges. But, Netanyahu argues, if these securities are adressed "Israel will not be the last country to recognize a Palestinian state, it will be the first."

09/23/2011 1:52 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses UN

Netanyahu says Israels neighbors want Israel's destruction and are armed to the teeth by Iran. Netanyahu continues: "To defend itself Israel must maintain a longterm military presence in strategic places in the West Bank."

09/23/2011 1:48 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses UN

Netanyahu: Would any of you bring danger so close to your cities, to your families... Israel is not prepared to have another Gaza in the West Bank.

09/23/2011 1:47 PM EDT

Netanyahu Addresses UN

Netanyahu counters Abbas, says the Palestinians are armed with hopes, dreams and 10,000 missiles.

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