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The UN has long played an observer's role, and annually provides the peoples two leaders, along with other leaders of the world's countries, a platform to share their concerns and hopes.
We have long had what has been described as a 'peace process', but as the Palestinian and Israeli leaders spoke yesterday – one would be hard pressed to know what that process actually is.
Neither Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas nor Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave any real signs of potential for the peace process.
The Palestinians want recognition of their status and justice in their cause. It's all been heard before from the seemingly powerless Palestinian Authority.
Mr. Netanyahu pulled from his usual bag of rhetoric his own justifications and moral perspective and spoke clearly – with the aid of the now famous bomb prop, of the world's need to draw a red line for Iran's nuclear program.
Netanyahu, who is an experienced orator, carefully crafted his words so as not to further alienate himself from President Obama who is rising in the polls against his opponent Mitt Romney.
Mr. Romney has voiced approval over the idea of a military strike against Iran, but not everyone agrees to that.
For those who don't like the idea of a potential Israeli strike against Iran, there were a couple comforting words from Netanyahu.
He stated that there was still time to stop Iran by sanctions, which Irsael has assessed this week as having troubling effects upon Iran, and by diplomatic means.
He also said that the setting of red lines was not about war – which admitidly most people agree Mr. Netanyahu is not afraid of, but encouraging Iran to 'back down' from building the bomb.
Middle East Correspondent