U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second from left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, second from right, prepare to start a meeting on Palestine, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Palestinians are expected to win U.N. recognition as a state, even as the U.S., Israel's closest ally, mounts an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Photo by: Bebeto Matthews

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, second from left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, second from right, prepare to start a meeting on Palestine, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Palestinians are expected to win U.N. recognition as a state, even as the U.S., Israel's closest ally, mounts an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)