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Attendees at an Arab League conference on Syria on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Cairo include (from left) Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; Khalid Al Attiya, Qatar minister of state for international cooperation; Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari; Arab League Secretary-General Nabil El Araby; Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheik Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah; Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr; and Palestinian envoy Nasser Al Qudwa. (AP Photo)

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Attendees at an Arab League conference on Syria on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Cairo include (from left) Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; Khalid Al Attiya, Qatar minister of state for international cooperation; Iraqi Foreign Affairs Minister Hoshyar Zebari; Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby; Sheik Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, the Kuwaiti foreign minister; Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr; and Palestinian envoy Nasser Al Qudwa. (AP Photo)

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Members of the Palestinian security forces take pictures May 31, 2012, in the West Bank city of Ramallah as they stand around coffins containing the remains of bodies of 91 Palestinian militants transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority. Israel transferred the bodies in an effort to induce Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas to renew negotiations. Palestinian officials said all were killed either while carrying out suicide bombings or other attacks on Israeli targets. (Associated Press)

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Members of the Palestinian security forces take pictures May 31, 2012, in the West Bank city of Ramallah as they stand around coffins containing the remains of bodies of 91 Palestinian militants transferred from Israel to the Palestinian Authority. Israel transferred the bodies in an effort to induce Palestinian President Mehmoud Abbas to renew negotiations. Palestinian officials said all were killed either while carrying out suicide bombings or other attacks on Israeli targets. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's economic adviser Mohammed Rashid (right) and then-Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres (left) shake hands May 11, 2002, as Rome's mayor Walter Veltroni looks on at a ceremony before the start of a concert in Rome's Colosseum. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's economic adviser Mohammed Rashid (right) and then-Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres (left) shake hands May 11, 2002, as Rome's mayor Walter Veltroni looks on at a ceremony before the start of a concert in Rome's Colosseum. (Associated Press)

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Palestinians pass by a mural of the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat (right) and late Hamas founder and spiritual leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin in Gaza City on March 14, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (left) visits the offices of al-Watan TV after an Israeli army pre-dawn raid in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Feb. 29, 2012. A Palestinian broadcaster says Israeli troops raided his TV station, seizing transmission equipment, computers and documents. A computer screen on right shows an Israeli soldier during the raid. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) and Khaled Mashaal (right), chief of the Islamic militant group Hamas, sit with Qatar's crown prince, Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, as they sign a reconciliation agreement in Doha, Qatar, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Thaer Ghanaim, Palestinian President's Office)

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** FILE ** Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (Associated Press)

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (left) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet next week to discuss actions on a deal reached in May to end a 4 1/2-year rift between Hamas and Mr. Abbas' Fatah party. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Hamas supporters hold banners of prisoners arrested by the Palestinian Authority and call for their release during a protest in the West Bank city of Nablus on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) speaks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during their meeting at 10 Downing Street in London on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. The woman at left is unidentified. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, Pool)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas could pay a heavy price among Palestinians if he returns to formal peace negotiations without an Israeli settlement freeze. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki (left) and Elias Sanbar, historian and ambassador for Palestine at UNESCO, face the media during a press conference at UNESCO's 36th General Conference in Paris on Oct. 31, 2011. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki (left) and Elias Sanbar, ambassador for Palestine at UNESCO, attend a session of UNESCO's 36th General Conference in Paris on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is gambling on a favorable response about statehood from the U.N. (Associated Press)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waves to supporters upon his arrival at the government compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. Mr. Abbas received a hero's welcome, triumphantly telling his people the "Palestinian Spring" has begun following his historic speech to the United Nations on Friday. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (left) addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters on Sept. 23, 2011. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the assembly shortly after Abbas. (Associated Press)