Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘We Won’t Solve Our Conflict with Libelous Speeches at the U.N.’

By Melanie Arter | September 27, 2012 | 2:25 PM EDT

In this Sept. 11, 2012, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

( Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Thursday during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City that Israel and the Palestinians won’t solve their conflict with “libelous speeches” at the U.N.

“President Abbas just spoke here. I say to him and I say to you: we won’t solve our conflict with libelous speeches at the UN. That’s not the way to solve them,” he said.

“We won’t solve our conflict with unilateral declarations of statehood. We have to sit together, negotiate together and reach a mutual compromise in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the one and only Jewish state,” Netanyahu added.

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The Israeli leader said his country seeks “a durable peace with the Palestinians.”

“It’s because Israel cherishes life that Israel cherishes peace and seeks peace. We seek to preserve our historic ties and our historic peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan,” he said.