[Nablus, November 19. Image via Getty.]

Palestinian girls take part in a rally on November 19, 2009 in the West Bank city of Nablus in support of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and his government's intention to ask the UN Security Council to recognise an independent Palestinian state. Abbas said on November 17 that plans to seek international recognition of an independent Palestinian state has the backing of Arab countries and is not a 'unilateral decision.' Speaking to reporters in Cairo after meeting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Abbas said the impasse in negotiations with Israel left him no option but to ask for a UN endorsement of an independent state. AFP PHOTO/JAAFAR ASHTIYEH (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images)