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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is continuing his trip to the US. During a speech in New York, Netanyahu again called for direct peace talks with Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, said, "In the context of peace we could do a lot more for security, legitimacy and prosperity. All of this requires one thing. It requires negotiation. There are all sorts of impediments to negotiations that have been put up, all sorts of preconditions, all sorts of excuses. I suggest we do away with them. You either put up excuses or you lead. I propose to lead."
Netanyahu also met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. A UN spokesman issued a very brief statement,saying they discussed the Middle East peace process, the Gaza blockade and Lebanon.
Ban said he was happy with Israel's decision to increase "the scope and quantity of materials" that are allowed into Gaza, but reiterated his call for further steps to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza.