French President Nicolas Sarkozy (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meet Tuesday at a New York hotel during the U.N. General Assembly session. Mr. Sarkozy has proposed a one-year timetable for establishing a Palestinian state. (Associated Press)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (right) is greeted by legislator and activist Hanan Ashrawi (left) as he arrives at his hotel in New York on Sept. 19, 2011, to attend the 66th General Assembly session of United Nations, which begins Sept. 20. (Associated Press)
Palestinian children hold posters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in the village of Azmut, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. Mr. Abbas is set to address the United Nations this week to ask the world to recognize a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures and the end of his speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Abbas said Friday he would ask the Security Council next week to accept the Palestinians as full members at the United Nations. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (above right) meets with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov on Saturday in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) plans visits soon to Poland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria regarding the Palestinian statehood issue.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (center left) shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Wednesday after agreement on a reconcilation pact. Left unresolved was who will lead the government to be formed. There was also no mention of relations with Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at a Fatah central council meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Abbas said Wednesday he will not run for re-election. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy (right) reacts during a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Elysee Palace on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, in Paris. Mr. Abbas said Sunday that Israel must choose between peace or settlements as Israel's 10-month settlement construction slowdown expired. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, unseen, delivers a speech during a meeting at the Elysee Palace Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 in Paris. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that Israel must choose between peace or settlements as Israel's 10-month settlement construction slowdown expired. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
** FILE ** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) greets Jean Asselborn (right), Luxembourg's foreign minister, as Riyad Mansour, Palestinian observer to the United Nations, looks on during a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/David Karp)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas shake hands during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. After two days of inconclusive Mideast peace negotiations, Mrs. Clinton traveled Thursday to the Palestinian Authority's headquarters in the West Bank to confer with Mr. Abbas. On the wall are portraits of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (left) and Mr. Abbas. (AP Photo/Fadi Arouri, Pool)