Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations on Sept. 22, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
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Israeli and Palestinian leaders Thursday stood poles apart at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday, clashing over the cause of their decades-old conflict and Jewish settlements in the West Bank.A flare-up in violence has killed 230 Palestinians and 34 Israelis since last October, which analysts say has been fueled by Palestinian frustration with Israeli settlement building, fractured Palestinian leadership and zero progress on peace efforts.Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who was elected 11 years ago and whose control is limited to autonomous areas in the occupied West Bank with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, took the podium first at the General Assembly, slamming Jewish settlement expansion.Israel has just secured an historic, 10-year $38 billion military aid package from the United States, drawing a line under years of fractured relations with President Barack Obama stemming partly in White House perceptions that Netanyahu is reluctant to broker peace.
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