Mahmoud Abbas
  • The newly-recognized observer state will ask the U.N. Security Council for an Israeli settlement freeze under the umbrella of protecting their hopes of establishing an independent Palestine.

    A Palestinian woman pushes a girl in a wheelchair past a destroyed stadium during a march to mark the UN International Day of People with Disability in Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 14, 2012, 3:30 AM EST
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, is surrounded by children during celebrations for the successful bid to win U.N. statehood recognition for Palestine in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012.

    Mahmoud Abbas received a boisterous welcome from thousands of cheering supporters at a rally celebrating his people's new acceptance to the United Nations.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EST
  • In this March 14, 2011, file photo, a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit.

    Move drew swift condemnation from the Palestinians a day after their successful U.N. recognition bid; prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian partition deal appear to be going into deep freeze.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EST
  • Palestinians celebrate the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, along the streets of Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

    Israel remains an occupying force in Gaza and West Bank; vote does not close rift in the Palestinian leadership that has led to the emergence of dueling governments.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 8:30 PM EST
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives at the United Nations Plaza Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in New York.

    The setback for Israel and its ally, the United States, is more than a symbolic win for Palestinians, as it provides international legitimacy in future diplomacy.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 7:30 PM EST
  • Palestinian schoolgirls hold pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas with Yasser Arafat, flowers and olive branches during a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Israel's deputy foreign minister called Palestinians' internationally backed quest for global recognition a "virtual move without any substance."

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EST