Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas greeted supporters outside his office in Ramallah on Sunday as he prepared for a trip to the United States to seek UN recognition of a state of Palestine.
But even such recognition may not be enough for Abbas to counter the soaring popularity of Hamas in Gaza.
Abbas - formally the leader of all Palestinians but now only in charge in parts of the West Bank - was in trouble even before Israel and Hamas fought for eight days in November.
The truce that was negotiated with the help of Egypt could lead to easing Israel's long-standing Gaza border blockade.
By comparison, years of effort by Abbas to negotiate the terms of a Palestinian state with Israel have led nowhere.
And Hamas, which seized Gaza from Abbas in 2007, emerged from regional isolation after the Arab Spring uprisings brought its parent movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, to power in key countries, including Egypt.
Abbas had hoped the UN bid will allow him to seize the initiative after years of diplomatic paralysis.
Under the plan, the UN General Assembly would approve "Palestine" - made up of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, areas Israel captured in 1967 - as a non-member observer state.
Palestine is far from being established, but UN recognition would affirm its future borders and enable the Palestinians to join UN organisations.
Israel, backed by the Obama administration, opposes the UN bid as an attempt to bypass negotiations.
Abbas says he's willing to resume talks once the 1967 borders have been recognised as the baseline, something Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to do.
Israel, while willing to cede some land, says it will not withdraw to the 1967 lines, and has instead moved half a million Israelis into settlements on land seized in war.
Earlier this week, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton again urged Abbas in a meeting at his West Bank headquarters to drop the UN plan, said Abbas aide Saeb Erekat.
However, Abbas told Clinton and other recent visitors, including the French and German foreign ministers, that he is determined to move ahead.