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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Flying pigs moment: Abu Mazen, Aboul Gheit slam Hamas

'Moderate' 'Palestinian' President Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen and Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit slammed Hamas for causing the situation in Gaza during a Cairo press conference on Sunday.

Yes, Virginia, pigs can fly!

Hamas could have prevented the "massacre" in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday in Cairo.

"We spoke to them and told them 'Please, we ask you not to end the cease-fire. Let it continue,'" Abbas said during a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. "We want to protect the Gaza Strip. We don't want it to be destroyed."

Abbas called on Hamas to renew the cease-fire with Israel to avoid further bloodshed in Gaza.

Aboul Gheit also attacked Hamas, saying the group had prevented people wounded in the Israeli offensive from passing into Egypt to receive medical attention.

"We are waiting for the wounded Palestinians to reach Egypt. They aren't being allowed to go through," he said.

Asked who was to blame for the dire situation in Gaza, the foreign minister replied: "Ask the party that controls Gaza."

He added that the meeting of Arab foreign ministers meeting in Cairo Wednesday should call on Hamas to extend the truce.
For the record, there is no way Israel will agree to renew the 'truce' before the Israeli elections (February 10) unless there are solid protections against Hamas rocket fire. Three to five rockets a day are enough to make residents' lives unbearable. And while this government would probably love to renew the truce, if they do that now, they will lose the elections.


At 6:35 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ehud Barak cannot afford to stop the war with nothing to show for it. A bungled operation would relegate him to a political footnote in Israeli history. And for her own self-interested political reasons, Tzipi Livni cannot either afford to look weak.


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