Egypt blames Iran for fuelling Gaza violence

EGYPT has reinforced its border with the Gaza Strip and accused Iran of threatening its security after Hamas violently seized control of the territory.

“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring;”
—Luke 21:25

Fearing an influx of thousands of refugees from the densely populated coastal strip, dozens of extra police have reinforced the 750 paramilitary troops already guarding the border fence, officials said.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit accused Iran of having encouraged Hamas to seize Gaza.

“Iran’s policies encouraged Hamas to do what it has done in Gaza and this represents a threat for Egypt’s national security because Gaza is a stone’s throw from Egypt,” the minister said in comments carried by the Al-Masri Al-Yom newspaper.

“The Iranian influence in Iraq also represents a threat for Egyptian and Arab national security. This obliges Cairo to restrict its relations with Tehran,” he said.

Tehran severed ties after its 1979 Islamic revolution in protest at Egypt’s treaty with Israel and its hosting of the toppled shah.

Egypt condemned the Gaza takeover, which drove out Fatah security forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and announced its support for Mr Abbas’ new emergency government in the West Bank.

Closing ranks against Hamas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has invited Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders to a summit on Sunday.

The regional gathering is planned as the biggest show of support yet by moderate Arab states for Mr Abbas.

Along with Mr Abbas, Mr Mubarak invited Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Mr Abbas’ aides said he would use the meeting to seek resumed peace talks with Israel, arguing that only progress towards Palestinian statehood could serve as a buffer against Hamas.

Mr Abbas described the Hamas militant group now controlling Gaza as “murderous terrorists” intent on creating an “empire of darkness and injustice”.

“There is no dialogue to be initiated with those murderers,” he said.

His uncharacteristically fiery speech raised concerns that the confrontation will only escalate.

  1. Scott L., 29 June, 2007

    When did Egypt finally get a clue about Iran? And Mr. Abbas’ knows a thing or two about “murderous terrorists” ya know what they say “it takes one to know one”

  2. jen-o, 01 July, 2007

    this is an extremely volatile and explosive situation which egypt can’t ignore since it is at their doorstep… but the rest of the world (including america) continues to stick its head in the sand…

    i’m sure egypt would have ignored it, too, if they hadn’t been concerned about the refugees… still, i have to give them credit for condemning iran and its role in hamas… at least they know who to blame (unlike the insanity of some mainline pro-palestinian protestant churches who want to blame israel for everything and anything that happens in gaza)…

    and although i recognize that abbas has been backed into a corner, his assessment of hamas as “murderous terrorists” with whom “no dialogue can be initiated” is right on target… compared with our own condileeza rice who is now referring to hamas as a “resistance movement” (according to a koenig news brief dated 6/29)… a resistance movement?… you gotta be kidding me… since when do we refer to terrorist organizations as resistance movements?… this kind of language just waters down the danger of the extremely serious threat that terrorism poses…

  3. Scott L., 02 July, 2007

    Hey Jen-o

    Castro started out as a “resistence movement” and look where he is at today.
    But does any of this surprise you? I mean shouldn’t Egypt have been condeming Iran a long time ago, how about the Saudi’s? where is their condemnation of Iran? As far as I’m concerned the only thing they care about is the destruction of Isreal. I think this is just a little tet-a-tet to keep us pacified, and to keep Condi out of the negotiations, which she should stay out of Isreali affiars.
    If she wants to do any good, then she needs to stay after Egypt, Saudi and Jordan to keep putting pressure on Iran, LOL! LOL! LOL! now thats funny I don’t care what anybody says. But lets wait and see shall we.

  4. Linda, 02 July, 2007

    Sounds like Condi has been talking with Jimmy Carter.

  5. jen-o, 06 July, 2007

    hey scott!

    somehow, i missed your comment… there is so much news these days, and this got bumped to the second page, so i didn’t see it… (sorry bout that)

    but i hear ya loud and clear… and i definitely agree with you… i didn’t mean to imply that egypt and abbas were the “good guys”… egypt, abbas (and fatah), saudi arabia, and jordan do NOT have clean hands… they are full of islamic terrorists…

    i see them all as competing “gang leaders”… gang leaders with gangs competing for territory and status… if the gang leaders on our streets could form countries, this is what it might look like…

    i don’t see any “moderates” on that giant chessboard of the middle east… i just can’t wait til Jesus makes the final move and calls “checkmate.”


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