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Islamabad - Iran's President Welcomes Hamas-israel Ceasefire

Published on: November 22, 2012 08:15 AM
By: Reuters
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File photo of  Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) welcomes the prime minister of the Gaza strip and leading member of the Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyeh (R) at the presidential office in Tehran, Iran, 12 February 2012. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREHFile photo of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (L) welcomes the prime minister of the Gaza strip and leading member of the Hamas movement, Ismail Haniyeh (R) at the presidential office in Tehran, Iran, 12 February 2012. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Islamabad - Iran’s president welcomed the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel but expressed reservations about its effectiveness, a Pakistani television station, which interviewed him on Thursday, reported.

“President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad said the cruelty in Gaza should unite Muslims. He said he welcomes the ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, but he seems to not be very optimistic about the ceasefire,” a TV anchor for the station said.

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A ceasefire between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers took hold on Thursday after eight days of conflict, although deep mistrust on both sides cast doubt on how long the Egyptian-sponsored deal can last.

Iran, which has an alliance with Hamas, has regarded Israeli strikes as “organized terrorism”. The exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, on Wednesday thanked Shi’ite Iran for what he described as arms and funding.

“(Israel) has been occupying Palestine for decades under false pretensions. Today, the oppressed people of Gaza have become the victims of these expansionist policies and atrocities,” Ahmadinejad said at a summit of developing countries in Islamabad.


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 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:26 AM Nachum Says:

The momzarim in Iran have been sending offensive rockets to Gaza, and they have the chutzpah to state that "they welcome the cease fire", when they were the ones, who were causing the problems to begin with!

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