Peace impossible through UN resolutions: Israel

Netanyahu made an appeal to Abbas for direct peace talks with the Palestinians to begin without delay in New York.

Updated: Sep 24, 2011, 12:38 PM IST

United Nations: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on Friday that he was reaching out to the Palestinian people but cautioned that peace could not be won with a UN resolution.

"I extend my hand to the Palestinian people," he told the 193-nation assembly, shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for full UN membership to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon despite Israeli and US objections.

"The truth is that Israel wants peace, the truth is that I want peace," he said, adding that "we cannot achieve peace through UN resolutions."