Sept 21 - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu departs for UN General Assembly, where Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to submit an application for full UN membership for the state of Palestine. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boarded a plane headed to New York, where he will meet U.S. President Barack Obama, before addressing the the U.N. General Assembly, and call for a resumption of direct talks with the Palestinians. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has vowed to press ahead with plans to seek full U.N. membership for a Palestinian state, as officials scrambled to head off a fresh diplomatic crisis in the Middle East. The United States and Israel want to keep the peace process restricted to "a bilateral dialogue" overseen from afar by Washington, Abbas said. But for nearly two decades, or since the Oslo Accords in 1993, this dialogue had failed, prompting the U.N. membership move.