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Saudis blame Hamas amid calls for talks with Fatah
”In view of Israel’s continued offensive on the Gaza Strip, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, has urged Hamas to resolve its bitter differences with Fatah, saying the ”terrible massacre would not have happened if the Palestinian people were united behind one leadership”. The Arab League foreign ministers’ emergency meeting in Cairo said that it would not be possible to help until Hamas resumed national unity talks with Fatah. The meeting saw the Arab states divided over the call for an emergency summit in Qatar.” (http://www.saudinf.com/main/ya195.htm)
”Saudi Arabia yesterday blamed Hamas for Israel’s continuing offensive in the Gaza Strip and urged it to resolve bitter differences with the western-backed Palestinian Authority – even as divisions deepened with a new charge of treachery.”
Arab League foreign ministers meeting in emergency session in Cairo warned it was not possible to help until the Islamist movement in control of Gaza returned to national unity talks with its rival Fatah.
A furious Hamas attacked the Arab League stance as ”pathetic”. Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum also accused Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, of ordering members of Fatah in Gaza to gather intelligence on the whereabouts of Hamas leaders to pass to Israel – a grave charge that underscores the deep rift between the factions.”
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”…överseendet med Hamas har gjort arabvärlden medskyldiga till palestiniernas lidande…Arabstaterna borde kalla ”en spade en spade” [dvs. kalla saker vid dess rätta namn, min anm.] och om så bara för en enda gång låta Hamas bära ansvaret.”
Egyptens utrikesminister Aboul Gheit: Hamas must stop rockets in any truce
”CAIRO: Egypt’s foreign minister said Thursday that Hamas must ensure rocket fire stops in any truce deal to halt Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, criticizing the Palestinian militants for giving Israel an excuse to launch the bombardment.
Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s comments came as Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Egypt’s president, part of a tour by the Turkish leader to work out an Egyptian-Turkish initiative to end the violence.
The initiative calls for a halt to Israel’s assault, a return to a Hamas-Israel truce and an international mechanism to ensure the opening of Gaza’s border crossings.
The Turkish leader, speaking in a news conference in the Sharm El-Sheikh after meeting with Hosni Mubarak, called on Israel to halt its attacks and on Hamas to stop firing rockets on Israel.”
Palestinian president Abbas blames Hamas for bloodshed
”Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has blamed Hamas for triggering Israel’s deadly raids on Gaza, by not extending a six-month truce with the Jewish state.
He also blamed Hamas, which controls the coastal Gaza Strip territory, for disrupting national unity talks that could have paved the way for general and presidential elections.
”We have warned of this grave danger,” he said in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.
”We talked to them [Hamas] and we told them, ‘please, we ask you, do not end the truce. Let the truce continue and not stop”, so that we could have avoided what happened.”
However, Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said he was ”surprised” by Abbas’s claim.”
Splittrade reaktioner i Jordanien
Men alla gråter inte. Inte ens alla som heter Mohammad al Awad. Den andra Mohammad al Awad jag möter är ”original jordanian” som han säger.
– Alla ursprungsjordanier tycker som jag. Åk in och bomba dem! Bomba dem! Jag stöder Israel, säger han hetsigt.
Anledningen till hans åsikt är utrymmesbrist. Palestinierna tar för stor plats, tycker al Awad.
– De ska inte vara här! Men egentligen vill jag ha fred. Jag älskar fred.”
Gulf Daily News (Bahrain): Zionist assaults on Gaza bolster Iran front
Egypt and Jordan, key US allies and the sole Arab partners in peace with Israel, are on the back foot against charges from Arab states and public opinion of either doing nothing to stop Israel or actually tacitly accepting the assault.
”The camp centred around Iran and Syria, Hizbollah and Hamas has more leverage as of now because of what is happening in the Arab street,” said Amr Hamzawy, an analyst with the Carnegie Endowment of International Peace.
But Hamzawy, speaking at a conference, added that Egypt and Turkey could still change the dynamic if they can broker a ”durable” ceasefire, the formula embraced by Washington.
Hamas has not actually rejected one, he pointed out.
He also said the region is again sharply divided along the lines of pro-Iran and pro-US camps as Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia accuse Hamas of serving the interests of Iran.”
Gaza raids deepen rift in Arab world
” ”There is an Iranian plan, with Hamas and some of the (Muslim) Brotherhood, to stir up trouble in Palestine and Egypt,” said Hussein Megawir, a pro-government Egyptian member of parliament, in a debate on Gaza on Saturday. The Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition group with one fifth of the seats in parliament, is in close alliance with Hamas, which began as a Brotherhood offshoot.
In public statements on the Israeli raids, the Egyptian government and its Palestinian allies in the Fatah movement have come close to saying that Hamas is mainly to blame for the raids.
”Hamas looks like the common enemy of Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” Egyptian political commentator Hassan Nafaa, writing in the independent Al Masry Al Yom, said. Israel and the U.S. have succeeded in convincing Cairo and Riyadh that ”the Shiite tide” led by Iran is the greatest threat to the whole region, he said.”