Egypt's Mubarak blames Hamas for Gaza bloodshed

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

While most of the world lambasts Israel over the hundreds of people killed during the recent Gaza war, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday placed the blame where it really belongs: with the Hamas terrorist organization that rules the territory and provoked the harsh Israeli offensive.

In a speech marking Egypt's national day to honor its police forces, Mubarak asked: "How long will Arab blood continue to be spilled, only to hear those who admit to miscalculating the scope and scale of Israel's response?"

According to Ha'aretz, Mubarak's remark was a swipe at Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, who recently stated from his headquarters in Damascus that his group had grossly underestimated how Israel would respond to its escalating rocket fire.

Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah had a similar lament following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, which was sparked by a cross-border terrorist raid.

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