In a wide-ranging address to the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, President Barack Obama dwelled on the intractable Mideast
conflict and urged Israelis and Palestinians to seize the day in talks his administration has initiated.
"Now is the time for the parties to help each other overcome this obstacle. Now is the time to build the trust - and provide the time - for substantial progress to be made. Now is the time for this opportunity to be seized, so that it doesn't slip away," Obama said.
World leaders, including Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, heard Obama set down his position for peace. However, the Israeli U.N. delegation was not present because it is Sukkot - a religious holiday in Israel and the Jewish world.