NBC NEWS — A push for an independent Palestinian state and a passionate plea from those opposed filled the great hall of the United Nations General Assembly Friday in New York.
Minutes after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for U.N. recognition Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to the podium to denounce the move.
The speeches from both Palestinian and Israeli leaders reflected the deep differences that have plagued peace talks over nearly two decades.
Both say they are committed to ending the long-standing conflict over borders and security, but each laid out very different plans of how to reach that goal.
The move for statehood comes despite pressure from President Obama and western allies for palestinians to pursue peace talks with Israel first.
The application for statehood will eventually be voted on by the Security Council, but could head to a committee first, which could take weeks or months to review the request.