FILE- In this March 18, 2007 file photo, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, right, and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, left, speak as they head the first cabinet meeting of the new coalition government at Abbas’ office in Gaza City. Mahmoud Abbas’ surge of popularity, following his bid for United Nations recognition of a state of Palestine on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, is giving the Palestinian leader a stronger hand against rival Hamas as they prepare to resume talks on a stalled power-sharing deal next week. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)