WOODBURY - President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations today, pushing for Israel and the Palestinians to reach a peace agreement without resorting to shortcuts.

Obama spoke in opposition to the Palestinians' plan to seek statehood recognition from the U.N. Security Council.

"Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the United Nations," Obama said. "If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."

After the speech, Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The president reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. to Israel's security while emphasizing his frustration with the lack of progress between Israelis and Palestinians.

Some Long Islanders, however, believe Obama doesn't support Israel and that he won't be able to bring peace to the Middle East.

Despite Obama's request to drop their bid for statehood, Palestinian officials say they will submit their letter of application Friday.

For President Obama's full address before the U.N. General Assembly, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.