“Egypt will pay everything to stop the aggression and achieve a lasting truce. We will be with the Palestinians until their independence... That's the only way for stability in the region,” Xinhua quoted Qandil as saying on Friday.
The Egyptian premier made the remarks at a joint press conference with the democratically-elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip, which has been under intensive Israeli strikes since November 14.
“Egypt has started and will continue its efforts to end the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip," Qandil stated.
He added, “What I saw today in Gaza, at the hospital, with the martyrs, cannot be met with silence. This tragedy should not be met with silence and the whole world should take responsibility to stop the aggression.”
The senior Egyptian official also called on the Palestinian factions to unite as this is "the only way for Palestinian strength." He asserted that Egypt will undertake its role in realizing the Palestinian internal reconciliation.
Haniyeh, for his part, described Qandil's visit as “historic,” which indicates that Israel “can no longer do whatever it wants in Gaza.”
The Hamas and Islamic Jihad's rocket-launching cells, which are likely operating according to a preplanned program, manage static launchers installed under or above the ground. The operators are not required to be near launcher when firing a rocket, which they can do from a remote place as well. In addition, they are concealed in a way that allows them to reload the launcher quickly and secretly and escape before the IDF can "come full circle" and hit them.
US Senate expresses full support of Israel ~ link ~ The United States Senate...the best Senate that Israel can buy! With only a handful of exceptions, nothing but a bunch of political whores for a tiny foreign power at the expense of America/Americans. Stirling
The PR Policy - 'Civilizing' the 'operation' ~ link ~ Also see: War by All Means - How the IDF fights in 2012 ~ link ~ Israel intends to lie, lie and lie some more to cover up all its murders of Palestinian children and older civilians. Stirling
Hypocrisy of slaughter: Israel's Orwellian account of Gaza campaign ~ link ~ Israel’s assault on Gaza raises doubts that it has any interest in finding the lasting peace settlement it proclaims to want. Does the campaign have an alternative objective as part of a strategy to engineer a strike on Iran?
It’s probably the world’s most tragic never-ending story.For almost 65 years now, Israel has been bombing, maiming and humiliating the Palestinians, bulldozing their homes and placing Gaza in lock-down mode turning it into the world’s largest concentration camp.
Obama angry at Netanyahu over Gaza assault - with video ~ link ~ Phyllis Bennis: I think we need to be very clear that when we speak of an all-out war, like Cast Lead, it was a very one-sided war. If you just look at the casualties’ figures of that horrific three weeks of the Israeli assault on Gaza – there were more than 1,400 Palestinians killed, the majority of them civilians. And there were 13 Israelis, of whom seven were civilians and five of them were killed in friendly fire. So the disparity of casualties, and we’re seeing it again now is enormous.
This is a very dangerous moment if we again look back at the Cast Lead as a model, there’s some timing parallels. In both cases, the Israelis launched their attack shortly after the US elections and shortly before the US was about to swear in a president at the inauguration in January, and just before Israeli elections were scheduled as well. So there is no question that it has everything to do with Israeli politics.