Palestinians supporters of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), hold a banner during a protest against a possible military attack by the United States on Syria, in front of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process offices in Gaza City, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Barack Obama has been seeking international and congressional support for limited strikes against Assad's government, in response to accusations of chemical weapons use by Syria in an Aug. 21 assault near the capital Damascus. Arabic on poster in background reads "the aggression on Syria is a violation for the international law." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says the time is ripe to press for a resolution of the long conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Obama is telling the United Nations' General Assembly in New York that all sides must be willing to take risks in order to achieve Mideast peace.
The president says Israel and its friends must be willing to accept a Palestinian state. And he says Arab states must recognize that stability can only be achieved through a two-state solution with a secure Israel.
Talks on Mideast peace resumed this summer after months of prodding by Secretary of State John Kerry. But the prospect of a resolution on issues that have long had the Israelis and Palestinians at odds remain slim.
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