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Palestinians take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron September 21. Flag-waving Palestinians filled the squares of major West Bank cities on Wednesday to rally behind President Mahmoud Abbas's bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations despite U.S. and Israeli objections.
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Thousands of Palestinians attend a demonstration in support the Palestinian bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations on September 21 in the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians are preparing to submit a formal request to become the 194th member of the United Nations when the General Assembly begins its meetings on September 20, despite US and Israeli opposition.
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Palestinian boys burn tires close to an Israeli army checkpoint near the Jewish settlers zone of Abraham Avino in the centre of the West Bank city of Hebron on September 21.
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Israeli soldiers keep their position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers at the Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on September 21.
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Israeli soldiers detain a Palestinian youth during clashes that erupted between the soldiers and Palestinian stone-throwers at Qalandiya checkpoint on September 21. The clashes erupted after a rally in the nearby West Bank city of Ramallah in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations.
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A journalist tends to a Palestinian youth who was hit in the face with a tear gas canister fired by Israeli security forces during clashes that erupted between Israeli troops and Palestinian stone-throwers at Qalandiya checkpoint September 21. The clashes erupted after a rally in the nearby West Bank city of Ramallah in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations.
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UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama told the United Nations on Wednesday that Palestinians deserved their own state but that it would not happen without direct talks with Israel.
Seeking to head off a looming showdown over Palestinian statehood and pull his Middle East policy back from the brink of diplomatic disaster, Obama told the U.N. General Assembly, "There is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades."
Obama asserted that peace would not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N., but rather only through a resumption of direct negotiations.
He said the parties are the only ones who can agree on the issues that continue to divide them."Ultimately it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side," he said.