**FILE** U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice (center), listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks Nov. 29, 2012, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly prior to a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice (center), listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks Nov. 29, 2012, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly prior to a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press)