Obama Urges Abbas to Back Off UN Bid for Non-member Observer State Status

Abbas' spokesman says Palestinian president told Obama he plans on going to UN due to Israel's continued settlement construction, the stalemate in peace talks, and settler attacks on Palestinian residents of the West Bank.

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U.S. President Barack Obama called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and urged him not to seek non-member observer state status at the United Nations General Assembly later this month.