Palestinian Authority
  • Move drew swift condemnation from the Palestinians a day after their successful U.N. recognition bid; prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian partition deal appear to be going into deep freeze.

    In this March 14, 2011, file photo, a general view of a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Modiin Illit.
    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 9:30 PM EST
  • Palestinians celebrate the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, along the streets of Gaza City, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

    Israel remains an occupying force in Gaza and West Bank; vote does not close rift in the Palestinian leadership that has led to the emergence of dueling governments.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 8:30 PM EST
  • Palestinian schoolgirls hold pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas with Yasser Arafat, flowers and olive branches during a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.

    Israel's deputy foreign minister called Palestinians' internationally backed quest for global recognition a "virtual move without any substance."

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 6:00 PM EST
  • FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at his compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah. After bitter rival Hamas fought Israel to a draw in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to ignore strong U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine next week. But even such recognition may not be enough for the Western-backed backed proponent of a peace deal with Israel to s

    Abbas has no choice but to override U.S. objections and seek U.N. recognition of a state of Palestine, after rival Hamas' popularity has soared.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EST
  • The bloodshed in Gaza has now sharpened their competition for influence with the Palestinian militant group and the direction it takes in the future.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 9:30 AM EST
  • A damaged residential building is seen after it was hit by a rocket fired by militants from the Gaza Strip, in the Israeli central city of Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

    The U.S. secretary of state will try to wring an elusive truce deal from Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers after earlier efforts to end more than a week of fighting broke down amid a furious spasm of violence.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 13, 2012, 5:30 AM EST