Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a letter requesting recognition of Palestine as a state as he addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2011, at U.N. headquarters. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a letter requesting recognition of Palestine as a state as he addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23, 2011, at U.N. headquarters. (Associated Press)