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Friday 26 December 2014

United Nations votes to recognise Palestinian state

A girl with the Palestinian flag painted  on her face attends a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
A girl with the Palestinian flag painted on her face attends a rally supporting the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in the West bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraces Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the United Nations General Assembly after a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state in the United Nations in New York, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Palestinians celebrate next to a section of Israeli separation barrier at the entrance to the west bank city of Bethlehem as they watch a screen showing the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by the 193-member world body late Thursday by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians celebrate as they wave posters of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, and President Mahmoud Abbas, right, as they watch the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, in the west bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by the 193-member world body late Thursday by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Turklish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu embraces Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly after a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state passed in the United Nations in New York, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Palestinians celebrate as they watch a screen showing the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, In the west bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by the 193-member world body late Thursday by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) ** Bestpix **
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians wait to watch on a big screen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speak at the U.N. General Assembly on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The General Assembly later voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) ** Bestpix **
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians watch on a big screen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speak at the U.N. General Assembly on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The General Assembly later voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians watch on a big screen the General Assembly meeting of the U.N. on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The General Assembly later voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Israeli left wing activists hold Israeli and Palestinian flags to support the Palestinian U.N. bid for observer state status, during a rally in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli right wing activists demonstrate against the Palestinian UN bid for observer state status, in front of the U.N. headquarters in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose for photos at UN headquarters on November 28, 2012 in New York City. Abbas is in New York for a UN General Assembly vote Thursday on raising the Palestinian's status to "non-member observer state." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A young boy waves a Palestinian flag and makes a peace sign during a rally on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, West Bank.
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians wave their national flag during a rally on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, West Bank. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will speak to The UN General Assembly later today in a bid for Palestinians to achieve "non-member state" status, a move that is widely expected to be passed despite opposition from Israel and the United States. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians wave their national flag during a rally on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, West Bank. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will speak to The UN General Assembly later today in a bid for Palestinians to achieve "non-member state" status, a move that is widely expected to be passed despite opposition from Israel and the United States. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks before a vote at the UN General Assembly on Palestinian "non-member status" on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The General Assembly was set to approve the implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood despite opposition from the United States, Israel and a handful of other members. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Susan Rice (L), the American ambassador to the United Nations, sits with members of the U.S. delegation ahead of a vote at the UN General Assembly on Palestinian "non-member status" on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The General Assembly was set to approve the implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood despite opposition from the United States, Israel and a handful of other members. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Susan Rice (L), the American ambassador to the United Nations, sits with members of the U.S. delegation ahead of a vote at the UN General Assembly on Palestinian "non-member status" on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The General Assembly was set to approve the implicit recognition of Palestinian statehood despite opposition from the United States, Israel and a handful of other members. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Members of the UN General Assembly applaud after voting in favor of a UN resolution on Palestine on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The resolution granting granting "non-member observer" status to a Palestinian state was approved by the 193-member body by a vote of 138-9 with 41 abstentions. The United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of others voted against Thursday's historic UN resolution. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, speaks with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (L), and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor (C) at the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of others voted against Thursday's historic UN resolution granting "non-member status" to a Palestinian state. The resolution was approved by the 193-member body by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: A signboard posts the vote in favor of a UN resolution on Palestine on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The resolution granting "non-member observer" status to a Palestinian state was approved by the 193-member body by a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions. The United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of others voted against Thursday's historic UN resolution. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the U.N. General Assembly before a vote on Palestinian non-member observer status on November 29, 2012 in New York City. The resolution was approved by the 193-member body in a 138-9 vote, with 41 abstentions. The United States, Israel, Canada and a handful of others voted against today's historic resolution. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep next to their tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers prepare weapons in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers wake in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers sleep next to their tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier sleeps next to tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier stands near tanks in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform their morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers perform their morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) A Israeli man plays pool as others stand in a billiard room used as a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A man sits on a discarded armchair on a hill overlooking Gaza as Israeli forces continue to bombard Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: An Israeli soldier on route to the border with Gaza gestures a victory sign on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli soldiers prepare an artillery emplacement overlooking Gaza on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier prepares for morning prayers in a deployment area on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. The death toll has risen to at least 85 killed in the air strikes, according to hospital officials, on day six since the launch of operation 'Pillar of Defence.' (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke and dust drift across Gaza Strip at sunset after Israeli airstrikes on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke trails from a militant rocket cross the evening sky as they head into Israel on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis walk down to a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Smoke trails from a militant rocket cross the evening sky as they head into Israel on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City at sunset after an Israeli airstrike Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: A plume of smoke rises above Gaza City at sunset after an Israeli airstrike Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER - ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: Israeli artillery shells attack a target in the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
ASHDOD, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis stand in a billiard room used as a shelter while air raid sirens sound November 19, 2012 in Ashdod, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Smoke is seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It is Israel's second strike on the building in two days
CAIRO, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 19: In this handout photo provided by the United Nations, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) meets with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr November 19, 2012 in Cairo, Egypt. Ban arrived in Cairo to support Morsi's efforts to mediate a truce. He is scheduled to visit Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Ramallah this week for talks with Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the crisis in Gaza. (Photo by Evan Schneider/UN via Getty Images
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a stairway during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) 22An Israeli youth cries after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli girl takes cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli child plays in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli girl holds her sister as they take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis take cover in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter during a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NITZAN, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 19: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children play in a large concrete pipe used as a bomb shelter on November 19, 2012 in Nitzan, Israel. According to reports November 19, 2012, at least 90 Palestinians have been killed and more than 700 wounded during the Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
An Israeli air force F-15 Eagle jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel, Monday Nov 19. 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Moti Milrod) ISRAEL OUT
Palestinians remove debris from a building that was damaged after an Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Palestinians firefighters try to extinguish a fire after an Israeli strike on a building of Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad says an Israeli strike on a Gaza media center has killed one of its top militant leaders. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Smoke rises following an Israeli attack on smuggling tunnels on the border between Egypt and Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The same area was also struck on Sunday.
A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after their house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighbourhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Israeli soldiers sleep next to their armored personal carriers in a staging area near the Israel Gaza Strip Border, southern Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. The Palestinian civilian death toll mounted Monday as Israeli aircraft struck densely populated areas in the Gaza Strip in a campaign to quell militant rocket fire menacing nearly half of Israel's population. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Fire is seen from the explosion at a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from the explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire are seen from an explosion by a high rise housing media organizations in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. It's the Israel's military second strike on the building in two days. The Hamas TV station, Al Aqsa, is located on the top floor. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Fireworks are thrown at Israeli security forces during clashes against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip, in Qalandia checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Nov 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
An Israeli air force F-15 Eagle jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Birzeit University students take cover behind the university's sign as they protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip in Birzeit, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Smoke rises after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Israeli aircraft struck crowded areas in the Gaza Strip and killed a senior militant with a missile strike on a media center Monday, driving up the Palestinian death toll to 96, as Israel broadened its targets in the 6-day-old offensive meant to quell Hamas rocket fire on Israel. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians sift through the rubble of a family house following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City (AP)
Palestinians run away from a damaged building after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City (AP)
Israeli soldiers march in a gathering area near the Israel Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel (AP)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
YAD MORDEHAI, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance for Israeli soldiers on their way to the Gaza border on November 18, 2012 in Yad Mordehai, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
YAD MORDEHAI, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Ultra Orthodox Jewish men sing and dance for Israeli soldiers on their way to the Gaza border on November 18, 2012 in Yad Mordehai, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis gather next to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
ASHKELON, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli workers inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ashkelon, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers tend to their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers stand on and around their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012 , in Israel. Israeli shelling of Gaza has entered its fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers stand on and around their tanks in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012
ISRAEL/GAZA BORDER, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli soldiers do their morning prayers in a deployment area on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip, on November 18, 2012 , in Israel. Israeli shelling of Gaza has entered its fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Right wing activists wave the Israeli flag as left wing Israeli activists demonstrate against the Israeli airstrike in Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Israeli's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli civilians watch by the Iron Dome defense system launch site on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Isreali's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 17: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli civilians run for cover during a rocket attack launched from from Gaza on November 17, 2012 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At least 39 Palestinians and three Isreali's have died since conflict began four days ago. Israeli troops have been massing on the border as some 200 targets were hit overnight in Gaza, including Hamas cabinet buildings. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
A member of the Abdel Aal family is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
A Palestinian boy stands next to a destroyed car after an Israeli airstrike in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house after an Israeli airstrike next to a mosque, back, in the Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke rises during an explosion from an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
An Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri)
Smoke rises following an explosion after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with nearly 200 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on Gaza rocket operations by militants to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
An injured Palestinian lies on the ground during a protest against the Israeli military operations in Gaza Strip near the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian carry an injured youth during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian tries to throw back tear gas canister during a protest against Israel's operations in Gaza Strip, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 18: In this handout image supplied by the office of the Palestinian president, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conducts a meeting of the Palestinian leadership on November 18, 2012 in Ramallah, West Bank. Abbas has reportedly reached out to Arab and Western leaders for aid in the face of the heightening conflict between Israel and Gaza. (Photo by Thaer Ghanaim /PPO via Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli emergency personnel inspects the damage to a car that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
OFAKIM, ISRAEL- NOVEMBER 18: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis inspect the damage to a house that was hit by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on November 18, 2012 in Ofakim, Israel. Israeli/Gaza attacks have entered the fifth day, with two media buildings being recently struck and several journalists subsequently injured. According to health officials in Gaza, at least 50 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched operation Pillar of Defence. So far three Israelis have died in the exchange of missiles which followed an air strike on Wednesday that killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
A Palestinian woman sits in rubble following an Israeli air strike in Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. An Israeli envoy held talks with Egyptian officials Sunday on a ceasefire in his country's offensive on Gaza as Israel widened the range of its targets, striking more than a dozen homes of Hamas militants and two media officials. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Israeli soldiers march in a gathering area near the Israel Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. President Barack Obama on Sunday defended Israel's airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, but he warned that escalating the offensive with Israeli ground troops could deepen the death toll and undermine any hope of a peace process with the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Palestinians run away from a damaged building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel widened the range of targets in its Gaza offensive Sunday, striking more than a dozen homes of suspected Hamas militants and two media offices, according to security officials and witnesses. The attacks also damaged adjacent houses, killing seven civilians, including five children, health officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Hamas officer inspects an unexploded Israeli bomb in Gaza City, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Israel bombarded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip with more than 180 airstrikes early Saturday, the military said, widening a blistering assault on militant operations to include the prime minister's headquarters, a police compound and a vast network of smuggling tunnels. The new attacks followed an unprecedented rocket strike aimed at the contested holy city of Jerusalem that raised the stakes in Israel's violent confrontation with Palestinian militants. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Palestinians hurry away from a damaged building after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel widened the range of targets in its Gaza offensive Sunday, striking more than a dozen homes of suspected Hamas militants and two media offices, according to security officials and witnesses. The attacks also damaged adjacent houses, killing seven civilians, including five children, health officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A man stands in the window of a damaged house after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon, southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israel launched the operation last Wednesday by assassinating Hamas' military chief and carrying out dozens of airstrikes on rocket launchers and weapons storage sites. Over the weekend, the operation began to target Hamas government installations as well, including the offices of its prime minister and attacks on a major training base and the two media centers. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinian Yoused Abu Khoussa, carries the body of his year-and-a-half old son Iyad, during his funeral in Bureij Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The baby boy was one of five Palestinian children killed in Israeli strikes on Sunday, according to a Gaza health official.(AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian boy holds a toy rifle during a protest against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, near the U.N. headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Palestinians walk through the debris after an Israeli air strike on building in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Osama Abdel Aal is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
Osama Abdel Aal is rescued after his family house collapsed during an Israeli forces strike in the Tufah neighborhood, Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Israeli military widened its range of targets in the Gaza Strip on Sunday to include the media operations of the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers, sending its aircraft to attack two buildings used by both Hamas and foreign media outlets. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
An Israeli soldier prays next to a tank along the Israel Gaza border in southern Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Israeli strikes hit two media centers in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, as Israel warned it was widening its range of targets to go after military commanders of the territory's Hamas rulers. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A filmmaker has described how he nearly fell victim to the Israeli airstrikes which have rocked Gaza (AP)
Israeli soldiers gather in a staging ground near the border with Gaza Strip (AP)
Palestinian firefighters work at the scene of an Israeli air strike on a building in the Jebaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip (AP)
SDEROT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 16: (ISRAEL OUT) Smoke plumes rise over Gaza following Israel Air Force bombing on November 16, 2012 near Sderot, Israel. Conflict between the Israeli military and Palestian miltants has intensified over the last few days, with Israel striking some 130 targets overnight. According to reports, 18 Palestians and three Israelis have been killed. Egypt's prime minister Hisham Qandil is due to make a brief visit to Gaza today and Israel have vowed to suspend fire for the duration of his visit, provided there's no cross border attacks from militants. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Relatives and friends carry the body of Palestinian child Faris Basyoni during his funeral in Gaza. Relatives say he was killed after an Israeli airstrike hit his family house. (AP)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
People carry the body of Ahmed Abu-Daqa, 11, during his funeral in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip (AP)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman sits inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli woman and children sit inside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli stand outside a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT )An Israeli man and child wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT ) People wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT )An Israeli man and child wait for a bus to leave town on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children play games at a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israeli children sit in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
NETIVOT, ISRAEL - NOVEMBER 14: (ISRAEL OUT) Israelis watch TV in a bomb shelter on November 14, 2012 in Netivot, Israel. Israel Defense Forces launched aerial attacks on targets in Gaza that killed the top military commander of Hamas, (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian security forces wheel into a hospital the body of Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People gather around a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
People look at a wreckage of the car in which was killed Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. The Israeli military said its assassination of the Hamas military commander marks the beginning of an operation against Gaza militants. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
ISRAEL OUT - An Israeli man stands next to a car damaged by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip in the southern Israeli city of Beersheva. Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Ilan Assayag)
Image from aerial footage made available by the Israeli Defense Force Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 shows the car of Hamas military chief, Ahmad Jabari, circled, moments before an airstrike hit. Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing in one of some 20 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Wednesday, the heaviest barrage on the Palestinian territory in four years in retaliation for renewed rocket fire on southern Israel. (AP Photo/ IDF video via APTV)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the media at Hakirya a military base in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Israel's prime minister says the military is prepared to broaden its operation against Hamas targets in Gaza. Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel cannot tolerate continued rocket attacks against its citizens. In his first comments since Israel killed the commander of the Hamas military wing, Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel is "prepared to expand the operation". (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
Smoke rises following an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip amid an increase in violence in the region (AP)
The car in which Ahmed Jabari, head of the Hamas military wing, was killed in Gaza City (AP)
Rockets fired by Palestinian militants at southern Israel leave a thin trail of white smoke, seen between buildings in Gaza City.(AP)
Palestinian mourners in Gaza carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike (AP)
Palestinian mourners in Gaza carry the body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, killed in an Israeli strike (AP)

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly yesterday to recognise a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

The resolution upgrading the Palestinians' status to a nonmember observer state at the United Nations was approved by a more than two-thirds majority of the 193-member world body - a vote of 138-9, with 41 abstentions.

A Palestinian flag was quickly unfurled on the floor of the General Assembly, behind the Palestinian delegation.

Real independence, however, remains an elusive dream until the Palestinians negotiate a peace deal with the Israelis, who warned that the General Assembly action will only delay a lasting solution. Israel still controls the West Bank, east Jerusalem and access to Gaza, and it accused the Palestinians of bypassing negotiations with the campaign to upgrade their UN status.

The United States immediately criticised the historic vote. "Today's unfortunate and counterproductive resolution places further obstacles in the path peace," UN Ambassador Susan Rice said.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the speech by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to the General Assembly shortly before the vote "defamatory and venomous", saying it was "full of mendacious propaganda" against Israel.

Mr Abbas had told the General Assembly that it was "being asked today to issue the birth certificate of Palestine".

Mr Abbas said the vote is the last chance to save the two-state solution.

After the vote, Mr Netanyahu said the UN move violated past agreements between Israel and the Palestinians and that Israel would act accordingly, without elaborating what steps it might take.



Palestinians unite to celebrate UN statehood vote

By Matthew Kalman and Nikhil Kumar

Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza to celebrate a United Nations General Assembly vote which recognises a Palestinian state, by upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status from that of observer to non-member state.

The rare diplomatic triumph united the governing Fatah party of President Mahmoud Abbas that dominates the West Bank and the rival Hamas Islamic Resistance Movement that rules Gaza. For the first time since Hamas seized control in 2007, warring factions joined forces in Gaza City, where Fatah staged a large, peaceful rally joined by representatives from across the spectrum of Palestinian politics.



By noon, hours before the vote in New York, crowds started gathering at open-air stages in towns throughout the West Bank to listen to music, poetry and political speeches and watch traditional Debka dancers.



A sense of history in the making increased as news filtered through of a growing number of Yes votes from European countries and Germany's switch from No to an abstention.



In Nablus, officials from Hamas and other groups joined senior members of the Fatah Revolutionary Council in a good-natured march through the city. "We carry a message to the whole world that says that we are capable of using all kinds of resistance. We are going to the UN, in order to protect our people, lands and prisoners," said Mahmud al-Aloul, a Fatah Central Committee member.



Thousands attended a similar rally in Hebron. In Bethlehem, residents prepared to stay up past midnight to watch President Abbas's speech and the UN vote projected on to an Israeli security wall near Rachel's Tomb.



In Ramallah, bright sunshine brought hundreds of people of all ages to an open-air stage in Yasser Arafat Square adorned with a huge banner proclaiming "UN: State of Palestine". Eight-year-old Hala Rihan and her brother Mohammed, six, proudly waved Palestinian flags. Their mother Shireen, a 29-year-old civil servant, said she was their age when Yasser Arafat first declared a Palestinian state and she wanted them to remember this day "for the rest of their lives".



"My children must learn when they are still young that we have our own country. I feel good today and I have great hope for our future – for the future of two countries, Israel and Palestine. We must learn to live with each other," she said.



Wasef Eriqat, 66, was the commander of PLO artillery forces in Lebanon during the 88-day Israeli siege of Beirut in 1982. A former Brigadier-General in the Jordanian army, he returned to his home village of Abu Dis in East Jerusalem after the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1995.



"I feel very good today," Mr Eriqat told The Independent. "Israel is always saying that Palestinians are terrorists but, with this victory at the United Nations, we are showing the whole world that we are seeking peace and we want to be full members of the international community … If Israel seeks peace, we will stop all the fighting. If not, we will have to continue our struggle," he said.



Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian deputy minister for prisoners' affairs, told The Independent that Britain's lobbying against non-member status, which ended only this week, had cast a pall over UK-Palestinian relations. "Britain is the country most responsible for the occupation, the most responsible for Palestinian suffering from this occupation. The British failure to vote for the resolution will lose them a lot of support in the Middle East," he said.



In New York, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, reiterated the importance of reviving the Middle East peace process. Speaking hours before the vote, he said: "Achieving the two-state solution, to which Israel and the Palestinians have committed, is long overdue." Mr Ban said the vote was a matter for member states, but added: "The goal remains realising the just and lasting peace for which generations of Palestinians and Israelis have been longing – a peace that will end the occupation that started in 1967, end the conflict and ensure that an independent, viable and sovereign State of Palestine lives side by side with a secure State of Israel."



In Jerusalem the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Israel was "prepared to live in peace with a Palestinian state" but Israeli security must be protected.



Timeline: A century of conflict



1917 The Balfour Declaration, on a home for the Jewish people



1947 UN votes for partition



1948 First Arab-Israeli war. Becomes known to the Palestinians as al-Nakba, the "Catastrophe"



1959 Yasser Arafat forms Fatah



1967 The Six-Day War



1973 Yom Kippur war



1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty



1987 First intifada



1993 Oslo Peace Accord, signed by Arafat and Israel's PM Yitzhak Rabin



1994 Arafat returns from exile



1995 Rabin is assassinated



2000 Camp David talks collapse; second intifada



2006 Israel–Lebanon war



2008 Operation Cast Lead

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