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Hamas: Gaza attacks meant as 'test' for Egypt leader
Published Thursday 06/09/2012 (updated) 08/09/2012 11:30
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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Israel's deadly attacks on the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and Thursday were intended as a "test" of the new Egyptian president's tolerance for violence in Gaza, Hamas said Thursday.

Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said the airstrikes that killed six militants in separate attacks were "unjustified," and came after Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi delivered a speech affirming his support for the Palestinian cause.

"Muhammad Mursi and the Arab League supported the Palestinian people," Barhoum said of a speech Mursi gave at the regional body on Wednesday. "Israel's attacks are aimed at testing the Arab position."

He added: "After Israel's clear messages, Egypt and the Arab League have to put forward a new strategy to deal with Israel and respond to the aggressive attacks against the Palestinian people."

Six Palestinians died after separate airstrikes late Wednesday and early Thursday in what Israel called a response to rocket fire and attempts to plant a road-side bomb on the border.

In a statement Thursday, the Israeli military said that "IDF soldiers targeted a terrorist squad that was planting an explosive device near the security fence in the northern Gaza Strip."

On Wednesday, an airstrike killed three gunmen after Israel said they tried to launch short-range rockets.

In his remarks at the Arab League, Mursi said the Palestinian cause remained "the first cause for the Arab world ... We need a just and inclusive solution for the Palestinian issue, we all need this as Arabs."
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
06/09/2012 16:50
1- Israel has NO plans to strike Gaza now or in the future, but it will retaliate violent "resistance" eminating from Gaza, or preemptively strike to prevent it, and
2- "Israel's deadly attacks on the Gaza Strip on were intended" to prevent deadly "resistance" attacks from the Gaza Strip on Israel, and
- the Egyptian president has a peace treaty with Israel to consider, but
- if there was a "test", it is of the Hamas president's tolerance for violent "resistance" eminating from Gaza !!

2 ) Peace / World
06/09/2012 18:09
Barhoum is completely wrong saying that "Israel's attacks are aimed at testing the Arab position". Israeli attacks are aimed to kill palestinian terrorists threatening Israeli citizens from Gaza. And this is correct and only way to treat terrorists.

3 ) Arnold / Canada
06/09/2012 21:48
Oh ..... the Arab League. The same Arab league that has been hiding away all during the Syrian assault on its citizens.

4 ) Tobias / Reality
07/09/2012 17:28
Despite Hamas fantasies, the reality is that an attack on Gaza is a 'test'
for Gaza leaders, and NOT Egypt's, and it is time they decide to either:

1- maintain their state of WAR (or no negotiations) with Israel,
WITH Israel maintaining such defensive STRIKES (or restrictions),
that their decisions (NOT Israel's) bring upon their people, or

2- to change their conflict into a state of PEACE with Israel, AND the PROSPERITY that will result !!

5 ) southparkbear / usa
08/09/2012 01:09
i would say israel scored triple A on those 2 tests
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