Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) sits with the Palestine delegation during the United Nations General Assembly
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Could a Palestinian state bring peace to the Middle East?

A former Palestinian presidential candidate has told the BBC that US President Obama has contradicted himself by saying that he would veto a bid for Palestinian statehood this week.

Mustafa Barghouti said that Mr Obama had supported the idea that Palestine "should become a full member of the United Nations" in a speech last September.

Mr Barghouti was debating the merits of creating a Palestinian state with Alman Shoval, the former Israeli Ambassador to the US, in a discussion on Radio 5 live Breakfast.

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  • 23 Sep 2011
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