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Palestinians win implicit U.N. recognition of sovereign state

A Palestinian boy in traditional clothes waves a Palestinain flag during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A Palestinian boy in traditional clothes waves a Palestinain flag during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by...more

A Palestinian boy in traditional clothes waves a Palestinain flag during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to...more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East
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Palestinians celebrate as they take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Palestinians celebrate as they take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at...more

Palestinians celebrate as they take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the...more

A Palestinian man shouts slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Palestinians shout slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Palestinians shout slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N....more

Palestinians shout slogans during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Palestinian supporters cheer and wave a flag as members of their delegation are whisked away by security after the vote during a meeting at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Chip East

Palestinian supporters cheer and wave a flag as members of their delegation are whisked away by security after the vote during a meeting at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved...more

Palestinian supporters cheer and wave a flag as members of their delegation are whisked away by security after the vote during a meeting at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution on Thursday to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's observer status at the United Nations from "entity" to "non-member state," implicitly recognizing a Palestinian state. REUTERS/Chip East
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, listen during the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, listen during the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day...more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, listen during the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East
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Palestinians hold posters with an image of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and wave Palestinian flags during a rally opposite to part of Israel's controversial barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinians hold posters with an image of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and wave Palestinian flags during a rally opposite to part of Israel's controversial barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Palestinians hold posters with an image of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and wave Palestinian flags during a rally opposite to part of Israel's controversial barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Banners depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cover a wall during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Banners depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cover a wall during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member...more

Banners depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cover a wall during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sit before the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sit before the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day of...more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, sit before the Special Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, at the U.N. headquarters in New York, November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Chip East
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Labourers put up a banner depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

Labourers put up a banner depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to...more

Labourers put up a banner depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas before a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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People look at a pizza displayed outside a restaurant, with toppings arranged to depict a Palestinian flag, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

People look at a pizza displayed outside a restaurant, with toppings arranged to depict a Palestinian flag, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine...more

People look at a pizza displayed outside a restaurant, with toppings arranged to depict a Palestinian flag, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman
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Israeli ultranationalist right-wing protesters hold a placard depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during a demonstration against the Palestinian Authority's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, outside the U.N. offices in the West Bank village of Jabel Mukaber, near Jerusalem November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. The placard reads, " Mahmoud Abbas' workers" REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli ultranationalist right-wing protesters hold a placard depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during a demonstration against the Palestinian Authority's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at...more

Israeli ultranationalist right-wing protesters hold a placard depicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman during a demonstration against the Palestinian Authority's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, outside the U.N. offices in the West Bank village of Jabel Mukaber, near Jerusalem November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. The placard reads, " Mahmoud Abbas' workers" REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Palestinians hold posters of President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in support of Abbas's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in Gaza City November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Palestinians hold posters of President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in support of Abbas's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in Gaza City November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a...more

Palestinians hold posters of President Mahmoud Abbas during a rally in support of Abbas's efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in Gaza City November 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A Palestinian boy holds a flag as he stands atop a car during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian boy holds a flag as he stands atop a car during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" November...more

A Palestinian boy holds a flag as he stands atop a car during a rally in the West Bank city of Hebron, supporting the resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's United Nations observer status from "entity" to "non-member state" November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Palestinians wave flags during a rally in support of President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Palestinians wave flags during a rally in support of President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Palestinians wave flags during a rally in support of President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 25, 2012. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by...more

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird addresses the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reacts to applause from the crowd as he arrives to address the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reacts to applause from the crowd as he arrives to address the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize...more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reacts to applause from the crowd as he arrives to address the United Nations Generally Assembly at UN Headquarters, in New York, November 29, 2012. Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by supporting a resolution to upgrade the U.N. observer status of the Palestinian Authority from "entity" to "non-member state." REUTERS/Chip East
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