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Cairo - Egyptian President Denounces Gaza Operation As 'Unacceptable'

Published on: November 15, 2012 08:15 AM
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A handout photo released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (C) meeting with Egyptian Defence Minister Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (R) and Prime Minister Hisham Qandil (L) to discuss Gaza developments, in Cairo, Egypt, 15 November 2012. Morsi on 15 November condemned Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. ?Israel has to realize that we do not accept aggression, which negatively affects security and stability in the region,? Morsi was quoted as having told a meeting of cabinet ministers.  Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel over the violence.  EPA/A handout photo released by the Egyptian Presidency shows Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (C) meeting with Egyptian Defence Minister Abdelfattah Said El-Sisi (R) and Prime Minister Hisham Qandil (L) to discuss Gaza developments, in Cairo, Egypt, 15 November 2012. Morsi on 15 November condemned Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. ?Israel has to realize that we do not accept aggression, which negatively affects security and stability in the region,? Morsi was quoted as having told a meeting of cabinet ministers.  Egypt has recalled its ambassador to Israel over the violence.  EPA/

Cairo - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip as unacceptable on Thursday, in his harshest public criticism of Egypt’s neighbor since taking office in June.

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Mursi’s televised address came as a stand-off deepened between Israel and militant groups in Gaza. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Strip and the Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks rose to 13.

Looking more subdued and downcast than in previous speeches, Mursi looked ill at ease as he listed steps he had taken to recall Egypt’s ambassador in Israel and appeal to the United Nations Security Council.

“We are in contact with the people of Gaza and with Palestinians and we stand by them until we stop the aggression,” Mursi said. “The Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region”.

It was the first time Mursi mentioned Israel by name in a public address. Ties between the two neighbors were never warm but have cooled further since Mursi’s predecessor Hosni Mubarak, a staunch U.S. ally, was deposed in a street revolt last year.

Israel is wary of the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that won most seats in post-Mubarak elections and which propelled Mursi to power.

The Brotherhood, which also inspired Hamas, describes Israel as a racist and expansionist state, although Mursi has pledged to respect a three decade-old peace treaty that ended a succession of wars with Israel.

The head of the Brotherhood, the country’s most organized group, called on Egyptians to hold protests across the country to support Gaza on Thursday. Protests are also planned for Friday.

Mursi faces an uncomfortable dilemma in his relations with Israel. While keen to acknowledge widespread popular antipathy to the Jewish state, he also needs to persuade Western powers that they need not fear an Egypt governed by Islamists.

Mursi said he had spoken by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama and discussed “ways to reach calm and end the aggression”.

He said he told Obama of “how keen we are (to maintain) relations with the United States but also our absolute rejection of this aggression and the spilling of blood and the blockade of Palestinians”.

He said U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had promised to relay his demand for an end to the violence to the Israelis.


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 Nov 15, 2012 at 08:50 AM grandson1 Says:

Why doesn't he stop Hamas from firing into Israel.

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:14 AM Anonymous Says:

I just don't understand this WHY? when hamas ymach shemom started firing into Israel Egypt was quiet and now when Israel started firing back in self defense its 'unacceptable' This is insane !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:33 AM mugsisme Says:

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grandson1 Says:

Why doesn't he stop Hamas from firing into Israel.

Because they are the "victims"?

who cares what he says anyways

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 09:40 AM ALLAN Says:

The State of Israel has a legitimate right to self defense and to protect its citizens from harm. The world views anything that Israel does to defend its borders and people as always wrong...to hell with world opinion! Jewish blood is not cheap and subject to the insane visions of the world and that of Arab leaders as to what is right, wrong and acceptable. If the neighbors of Israel won't respect her, then let them fear her!!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM Liepa Says:

Stuff it, you blazing fool! Crawl back to the hole you climbed out of, cholera!

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM Kleegerfinyaydem Says:

Cairo - Egyptian President Denounces Gaza Operation As 'Unacceptable'!!
Dude! So don't except it...

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

Drop dead

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 Nov 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM PrettyBoyFloyd Says:

I love being Hisga'arus Ba'umos.
Egypt lost 4 wars with Israel, they'll lose another one.

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