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Palestinian President Rebukes Isreali Prime Minister's Lecture

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian leaders on Sunday not to bypass direct talks and go straight to the United Nations for recognition of a Palestinian state, saying it doesn't further the diplomatic process of peacemaking.  The Palestinian president responded by taking issue with the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

On a visit to Bethlehem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the press that Prime Minister Netanyahu should not lecture the Palestinians about unilateral steps when Israel, he said, has unilaterally been building settlements in the West Bank for decades on Palestinian land.

Abbas added what he called "invasions" and roadblocks to the list of Israel's one-sided actions, and stood firm that the Palestinians may indeed approach the U.N. to achieve statehood.

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