Palestinian Authority PM Salam Fayyad set the date for creation of a Palestinian state at two years “at most,” with East Jerusalem as its capital. Meantime, Israeli protesters blocked aid and food from entering Gaza to demand the release of an Israeli soldier captured three years ago.


Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has set a two-year target for the creation of a Palestinian state, in a speech in Jerusalem.

… “I call on all our people to unite around the project of establishing a state and to strengthen its institutions … so that the Palestinian state becomes, by the end of next year or within two years at most, a reality,” said Mr Fayyad.

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Hundreds of Israeli protesters temporarily blocked goods from reaching the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, demanding the release of an Israeli soldier who was captured by militants three years ago.

The protesters, waving signs and carrying posters of 22-year-old Gilad Shalit, cut off the approach to three major crossings into the Gaza Strip while dozens of trucks, loaded with aid, waited outside.

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