TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi has a seemingly unthinkable suggestion for new US President Barack Obama: give Osama bin Laden a chance to make peace. Gaddafi, who is known for outspoken comments, told an audience of American students by videoconference on Wednesday that bin Laden has shown signs that he is open to dialogue. He recommended that Obama seek an opening with the terrorist leader who is considered enemy number one in the United States for ordering the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Gaddafi ended years of Libya's international isolation in 2003 when he renounced terrorism and gave up efforts to develop nuclear weapons. The same year, Libya accepted responsibility for the 1988 Pan Am airplane bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people. Meanwhile, Moamer Gaddafi, who applauded Barack Obama's election, has said the United States under the new president is a "new America." "Today, America is a different America," Gaddafi said on Wednesday in a video link-up with students at Washington's Georgetown University, according to extracts published on Thursday by the state news agency Jana. Gaddafi, who for years was Washington's bete noire, underscored what he said was the "need to give an historic world opportunity to President Obama and the new America ... to permit the new America to be a state that is loving of peoples and freedom." He said he hoped Obama's campaign call for change would mean that the country is neither "imperialist nor hostile to the peoples." Gaddafi said there are "now positive signs, such as the (expected) closure of the prison in Guantanamo, the withdrawal from Iraq and a review of the American presence in Afghanistan." The Libyan leader had already welcomed Obama's election, calling it a victory for former slaves who are "now becoming masters." "This can be considered the beginning of the victory of blacks in America, who were slaves but are now becoming masters," Gaddafi said during a visit to Ukraine just after the November election. Meanwhile, Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi wrote in The New York Times Thursday that a combined one-state solution is the best way forward for Israel and the Palestinians to finally put an end to "perpetual war," "The history of Israel/Palestine is not remarkable by regional standards " a country inhabited by different peoples, with rule passing among many tribes, nations and ethnic groups; a country that has withstood many wars and waves of peoples from all directions. This is why it gets so complicated when members of either party claims the right to assert that it is their land," Qaddafi wrote. After the surge in deadly violence in Gaza, Qaddafi argued that "everywhere one looks, among the speeches and the desperate diplomacy, there is no real way forward. "A just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, but it lies in the history of the people of this conflicted land, and not in the tired rhetoric of partition and two-state solutions," Qaddafi said. The Libyan leader argued that a two-state solution inevitably would create an unworkable security threat to Israel, while partitioning the West Bank into Jewish and Arab areas, with buffer zones between them, also would not work. "Buffer zones symbolise exclusion and breed tension. Israelis and Palestinians have also become increasingly intertwined, economically and politically," Qaddafi wrote, so "the compromise is one state for all, an 'Isratine' that would allow the people in each party to feel that they live in all of the disputed land and they are not deprived of any one part of it." "Assimilation is already a fact of life in Israel," Qaddafi added, noting that "there are more than one million Muslim Arabs in Israel."