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Egypt's Mursi says Israeli attacks on Gaza 'unacceptable'
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 16/11/2012 08:12
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Israeli soldiers stand atop an armored personnel carrier along the
border with the northern Gaza Strip on Nov. 15. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)
CAIRO (Reuters) -- Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi said Israel's attacks on the Gaza Strip were "unacceptable" and would lead to instability in the region, in a televised address to the nation Thursday.

It was the Islamist leader's starkest rhetoric targeting Israel since he took office in June following Egypt's first free leadership election.

Looking more subdued and downcast than in previous public addresses, Mursi repeatedly looked away from the camera as he listed steps he had taken to recall Egypt's ambassador in Israel and reach out 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 and we do not accept under any circumstances the continuation of this aggression on the Strip," Mursi said.

"The Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region and would negatively and greatly impact the security of the region," he said.

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 US ally, was deposed in a street revolt last year.

In a telephone conversation with US President Barack Obama, Mursi said he 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 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had promised to relay his demand for an end to the violence to the Israelis.
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1 ) Robby / USA
15/11/2012 14:26
Hmmm, no mention of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza?

2 ) matt / usa
15/11/2012 16:31
for years israel has been tolerating this. enough is enough

3 ) @ Robby-1 / USA too
15/11/2012 18:19
Yes, "no mention of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza" from Egypt, but
- for once the UNSC is NOT condemning Israel for defending itself, and
- the World agrees that Hamas having long-range rockets is 'unacceptable' !!


4 ) Robby / USA
15/11/2012 18:22
Hmmmm no mention of israel using american made and donated weaponary on a civilian population that is under siege for 5 years, Locked up within an open prison. While the world is silent. Hmmm

5 ) Reader / from Edmonton
15/11/2012 19:05
If you kill the Palestinians, they will respond. They either respond and die, or they die anyway. When they die, who cares? This is the question we need to address. Who cares when Palestinians are killed by the occupier? Did a people without a state ever need one more? This was all Palestine before Israel declared its borders in 1948: the rest was still Palestine. It still is and the world needs to recognize this and chastise Israel for its occupation of Palestine and its cruel treatment

6 ) ian / australia
16/11/2012 03:29
#1 "Hmmm, no mention of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza?" He's just covering the sins of the deadlier side Robby, the more effective killer who BTW also cynically started it. I'm sure given the opportunity he'd suggest firing rockets into Israel wasn't such a great idea. (I see you have a secret admirer/imitator (#4)...welcome to the club.)

7 ) Outlier / USA
16/11/2012 04:27
Mursi has a problem - he must choose between neighbors. Right now he is pandering to his base, the Islamic Brotherhood. It's is the smart move for now, but he will - sooner or later - move to a more even-handed position to maintain the Egyptian/Israeli peace treaty. Which would you prefer, the neighbor that is helpful but an irritant, or the one that is a complete pain in the ass?

8 ) ian / australia
18/11/2012 07:46
#7 "Which would you prefer, the neighbor that is helpful but an irritant, or the one that is a complete pain in the ass?" Which is which? No, really, which is which?
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