Gaza: Iran Presses Egypt on Gaza Stance
10/01/2009 Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Egypt on Saturday to clarify whether it is a “partner” with Israel in efforts to break Hamas resistance in the Gaza Strip, a news agency reported.
Iran has condemned Israel for its attacks in Gaza and expressed support for Hamas, criticizing what Tehran says is the silence of some Arab states. Ahmadinejad said they should cut ties with Israel.
Egypt, the only Arab state to border Gaza, has been a focus for protests by Iranians and Arab masses who say Cairo has not done enough to help the Palestinians. Egypt has partly blamed Hamas for the violence because it failed to renew a truce with Israel.
“Today it has been heard in some of the West’s political meetings that the Egyptian government is a partner in crimes in Gaza and they are after breaking Hamas as part of the resistance and bring it under their own influence,” the semi-official Mehr News Agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
“I believe that in the current conditions, and with the crimes it is committing, the Zionist regime (Israel) is after finding a partner for its crimes,” Ahmadinejad said.
“Therefore I ask the Egyptian officials to announce their stance on the Palestinian nation, especially on the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip and the Zionist regime’s crimes, as soon as possible,” Mehr quoted him as saying. Source