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According to Reuters, Netanyahu, in his speech, won’t contradict Obama’s Tuesday address, but will make plain “the way in which Iran won’t have nuclear arms.” We shall see.

Iran is plainly going to dominate his speech, as it has dominated much of this year’s UN GA conversation.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, right, meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Abbas, who met Wednesday with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is a more marginal figure than he was last year, when he launched his unsuccessful effort to secure binding UN Security Council recognition for Palestinian statehood. This year, he is set to seek, in principle, General Assembly recognition for non-member status for Palestine. Under US pressure, though, he is apparently only going to formally push for a vote on the issue after November’s US presidential elections.

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