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Gaza: Pressure Grows on Hamas To Agree to A Cease Fire

January 5, 2009

Israel, with the agreement of the U.S., has resisited all pressure to embark upon a cease fire in Gaza.

Now Egypt, France and perhaps other nations are moving the pressure upon Hamas.


From Haaretz Newspaper

Egyptian officials said Monday that Cairo was set to demand an immediate cease-fire from Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli forces moved into their 10th day of a military offensive on the coastal territory.

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of committing “inhuman” acts in Gaza that would cause it to self-destruct.

In an interview with Al Jazeera television network, the Turkish prime minister said Israel hurt its relations with Turkey by attacking Gaza, and will be punished.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy told three Lebanese newspapers that Hamas bore “a heavy responsibility for the sufferings of the Palestinian people” and that its rocket attacks had to stop.

Sarkozy’s comments are to be published Monday, the same day he arrives in Israel as part of the French and European effort to broker a cease-fire to end the war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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