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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, listens as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during 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)

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