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|Israel 'prepared to resume peace talks' with Palestinians |
(about 2 hours later)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he is prepared to "immediately" resume peace talks with the Palestinians.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, he said that the Palestinian president was not interested in negotiations without preconditions.
"I remain committed to a vision of two states for two peoples", Mr Netanyahu claimed.
|Mahmoud Abbas attended a flag-raising ceremony at the UN on Wednesday.||Mahmoud Abbas attended a flag-raising ceremony at the UN on Wednesday.|
The Palestinian president told the UN that the Palestinian Authority no longer felt bound by agreements with Israel he claimed were "continually violated".
Mr Netanyahu addressed Mr Abbas directly in his speech on Thursday, saying: "President Abbas, I know it's not easy. I know it's hard - but we owe it to our peoples to try."
|Two decades of on-off peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians since the 1993 Oslo Accord have failed to produce a permanent settlement.||Two decades of on-off peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians since the 1993 Oslo Accord have failed to produce a permanent settlement.|
|History of Mid-East peace talks||History of Mid-East peace talks|
The Israeli prime minister also warned that the international deal on Iran's nuclear programme makes war much more likely than peace, in his view.
He said Tehran had been "unleashed and unmuzzled" by the plan to lift sanctions.