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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Morsi promises lots of lip service for Gazans

From Al Ahram:
President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday said Egypt would do its best to support Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli occupation "without declaring war against anyone."

Morsi spoke on national television to mark Muslim's four-day Al-Adha feast, which starts on Friday.

"We will never accept any assault or siege on the Palestinian people. Egypt provides Palestine with all its needs such as food and clothing," he said.

"The blood of Palestinians is our blood, their life is our life and their pains are our pains. However, supporting Palestine does not mean that we will declare war against anybody," he added in reference to Israel, which he stopped short of calling it by name, maintaining the same pattern he has followed in his speeches since his inauguration as Egypt president.
Well, actually, food and clothing for Gaza mostly come through Israel, and some through smuggling tunnels. None of it comes officially from anything Morsi did.

And the free fuel for Gaza came from Qatar, so Egypt didn't have anything to do with that either. In fact, Egypt held up the fuel from being shipped for over two months.

So Morsi is not providing Gazans with basic food, fuel or clothing, and will not fight on their behalf. He closes the Rafah crossing capriciously and won't allow Gazans to enter Egypt at all unless they have Israeli ID cards.

But he promises to support them!