|If the Palestinians actually loved their children, they would teach them gun safety..|
Egyptian leaders promised to support Gaza against Israeli attack yesterday amid increasing signs that a massive ground invasion could be launched by Israel this weekend.
President Mohammed Mursi said he would not leave Gaza on its own and condemned Israel’s ‘blatant aggression against humanity’.
The declaration, hours after a visit to Gaza by Egypt’s prime minister, increased tensions in the region where Hamas militants continued to fire rockets into southern Israel – with three landing near Jerusalem – and Israeli warplanes pounded Palestinian targets.
Mr Mursi, whose Muslim Brotherhood is linked to Hamas, did not elaborate on what form the support would take. Egypt is trying to broker a ceasefire or peace agreement but with Hamas firing rockets across the border, and Israel calling up 75,000 reservists, there are fears it may already be too late.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a four-hour strategy session with a clutch of senior ministers in Tel Aviv on widening the military campaign, while other cabinet members were polled by telephone on raising the mobilisation level.
Political sources in Israel said they decided to more than double the current reserve troop quota set for the Gaza offensive to 75,000. The move did not necessarily mean all would be called into service.
. . . In Gaza, Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil held the bloodied body of a child during his visit to a hospital, promising: ‘Egypt will spare no effort to stop the aggression and to achieve a truce.
‘What I am witnessing in Gaza is a disaster and I can’t keep quiet. The Israeli aggression must stop.’
With tears streaming from his eyes, Mr Kandil claimed the boy was killed in an Israeli airstrike and called for an end to the operation.
‘What I saw in the hospital, the wounded and the martyrs, the boy, the martyr Mohammad Yasser, whose blood is still on my hands and clothes, is something that we cannot keep silent about,’ he said.I don't think anyone in their right mind thought that Egypt would make any serious effort to broker a peace agreement--certainly, the staged scene of the Egyptian PM holding a child allegedly killed in an Israeli strike indicates that Egypt is actually fanning the flames of war. (Was the child even injured? One has to wonder with the fake footage that has come from the Palestinians the last few days). It is also demonstrates the sheer perfidy that a group that indoctrinates children to be martyrs and kill Jews is so outraged when one of their children die.
The story also notes the continued protests in Jordan.
Meanwhile Jordan’s King Abdullah cancelled a trip to Britain next week amid fears that his country could be the next to experience the Arab Spring’s demands for change.
Protesters packed the streets of the capital Amman yesterday demanding the end of the monarch’s rule.
King Abdullah had been due to visit Britain next week to speak to the Jewish community in London. The cancellation followed protests in Amman which spread to other parts of the country. At least one person was killed and 75 injured, including 58 policemen.According to the New York Times, the Jordanians are protesting higher fuel prices (i.e., deciphering the liberal double-speak, a reduction in government fuel subsidies).
Among those taking part was the Muslim Brotherhood, which Jordan has accused of inciting the unrest to score political points ahead of parliamentary elections in January.
Iran is probably happy about the escalating conflict in Gaza (assuming it didn't help orchestrate the whole thing). It has allowed Iran to move forward with completion of one of its nuclear weapons facilities. Also from the New York Times:
Iran has finished installing all the critical equipment at a deep underground site where it is producing nuclear fuel that could quickly be converted to use in a nuclear weapon, international inspectors reported on Friday. But they said Iran has yet to ramp up production, leaving several months for President Obama and his allies to work on a diplomatic solution that could avoid a military confrontation.I hope they are not counting on Obama to negotiate anything with Iran. His past record indicates that he couldn't negotiate himself out of a paper bag.
The report, by the International Atomic Energy Agency, also said that satellite photographs show Iran has worked for months to alter another site that the agency has long suspected may have been used for weapons-related experiments. Inspectors have been barred, and the agency said it fears that the movement of earth and removal of equipment has been so widespread that its ability to “conduct effective verification will have been seriously undermined.”
The report, which is updated and circulated quarterly to the agency’s board, was published just two days after Mr. Obama told reporters at a news conference in Washington that he would try to engage Iran in new negotiations, which went nowhere in his first term. “I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between Iran and not just us, but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved,” he said.
Administration officials and diplomats said they believe, based on the I.A.E.A. reports and other intelligence, that it will be at least spring before Iran has amassed enough medium-enriched uranium to make a single weapon. That is the latest “red line” that Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has drawn, suggesting that at that point Israel might be forced to take military action