[Gaza Strip, September 15. Image via Getty]

A Palestinian woman sits near a graffiti reading �Hamas� in Arabic as she waits to travel to Egypt through the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on September 15, 2009. US envoy George Mitchell sought a deal on the thorny issue of West Bank settlements as he met Israel's prime minister aiming to pave the way to resume stalled Middle East peace talks. AFP PHOTO/ SAID KHATIB (Photo credit should read SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)