The level of ignorance here is astounding. The Palestinians CAN NOT declare and independent state while any of their territory is under the control of another entity. It is against the rules surrounding the formation of states. The Peoples Council had to wait until the British Mandate ended in order to declare independence, just as East Timor had to wait until Indonesia had withdrawn before it could declare Independence. Meanwhile, the UNSC says Gaza is occupied. the UNSC said this of Gaza on 8 January 2009, when it adopted the following resolution Recalling all of its relevant resolutions, including resolutions 242 (1967), 338 (1973), 1397 (2002), 1515 (2003) and 1850 (2008), "Stressing that the Gaza Strip constitutes an integral part of the territory occupied in 1967 and will be a part of the Palestinian state.."
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Diplomat David Govrin appointed Israel's new ambassador to Cairo pending cabinet approval (Haaretz)
from the article: Abbas must unilaterally declare Palestinian state