Netanyahu: Extends hand of peace to Palestinians

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells U.N. assembly that he is again extending the hand of peace to all of Israel's neighbors, especially to the Palestinians.

He spoke Friday shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, defying U.S. and Israeli opposition, asked the United Nations to accept them as a member state, sidestepping nearly two decades of failed negotiations.

Netanyahu responded by saying Israel was renewing its hand of peace to countries such as Egypt, Jordan and Turkey, "but most especially, I extend my hand to the Palestinian people, with whom we seek a just and lasting peace."

He received extended applause.