Mahmoud Abbas
  • Told a news conference in Tel Aviv that her new party, called "The Movement," would aggressively pursue peace with the Palestinians.

    srael's former foreign minister Tzipi Livni announces her return to politics during a press conference in Tel Aviv on November 27, 2012.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
  • Hamas militants of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades attend the funeral of Hamas member Joudeh Shamallah in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

    The comments by Moussa Abu Marzouk, days after the worst Israel-Hamas fighting in years, signaled trouble for talks between the hostile neighbors.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 10:30 AM EST
  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. After bitter rival Hamas fought Israel to a draw in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to ignore strong U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week. But even such recognition may not be enough for the Western-backed backed proponent of a peace deal with Israel to s

    Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine, after rival Hamas' popularity has soared.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EST
  • A damaged residential building is seen after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

    The U.S. secretary of state will try to wring an elusive truce deal from Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers after earlier efforts to end more than a week of fighting broke down amid a furious spasm of violence.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
  • Israeli security forces search for a rocket thought to have been fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip, in Jerusalem, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.

    "We are sending a short and simple message: There is no security for any Zionist on any single inch of Palestine," said a Hamas spokesman.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 11:30 PM EST
  • Palestinian official Saeb Erekat says Abbas canceled planned meetings in Switzerland on Thursday to rush back to the West Bank.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 12, 2012, 7:00 PM EST