US President Barack Obama will on Thursday tell world powers at the United Nations they can help seal a deal within a year to welcome a new member — Palestine — by backing his Middle East peace drive. Obama will wager substantial political and diplomatic capital on his effort to forge an elusive deal, and call on Arab states and the rest of the world to overcome the paralysis surrounding regional peace talks for years. The president will tell the United Nations General Assembly it is time for key regional players to draw on traditions of tolerance common to Islam, Judaism and Christianity to forge peace.

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