FROM Alon Liel
Obama Addresses the UN as Palestinians Seek UN Membership Last year, President Obama called for a Palestinian State with membership in the United Nations. Today, in a speech at the UN where US and European leaders are struggling to head off a confrontation over Palestinian demands for statehood, he conceded that hasn't happened, and repeated the phrase, "peace is hard." We hear about the President's address to the General Assembly and some frantic diplomacy.
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