Wednesday, June 23, 2010

'Gaza is Israel's responsibility'

Mubarak accuses Israel of trying to make Egypt responsible for Gaza.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday dismissed Israel's recent lifting of restrictions on the Gaza Strip.

"Israel is trying to shirk its responsibility to Gaza and throw it at Egypt," he said in a Cairo address.

Mubarak said that Egypt, on the other hand, was "investing all of [its] efforts in stopping the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip."

Mubarak, who was speaking to members of parliament from the ruling party, said that Israel was trying to shift responsibility for the Gaza strip to Egypt and

to "perpetuate internal Palestinian divisions" and split Gaza from the West Bank.

According to Mubarak, Israel is using the Palestinian divisions to avoid peace negotiations with the Palestinians. He said that Egypt was working for

reconciliation between the Palestinian factions and for the creation of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.


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