Palestinian leader Abbas, after 10 cautious years in office, dramatically challenges Israel

January 13, 2015 5:45 AM

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Palestinian leader Abbas, after 10 cautious years in office, dramatically challenges Israel

FILE - In this July 18, 2005 file photo, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, attends a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association at his office in Gaza City. After a decade in power, Abbas is no closer to a deal on Palestinian statehood, has failed to reclaim the Gaza Strip from political rival Hamas and is being disparaged by some as a pliant guardian of Israeli security needs in the West Bank. He dramatically changed course in January 2015 by signing up to the International Criminal Court, a move that could allow for war crimes complaints against Israel. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this July 18, 2005 file photo, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, attends a meeting with members of the Foreign Press Association at his office in Gaza City. After a decade in power, Abbas is no closer to a deal on Palestinian statehood, has failed to reclaim the Gaza Strip fro...

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