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Egypt: Hizbullah declared war on us
Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2008 | Brenda Gazzar

Posted on 12/29/2008 11:04:58 AM PST by mojito

In a press conference held on Monday afternoon in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit responded to criticism by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday, saying that "They have practically declared war on Egypt via several satellite stations. The Egyptian people reject and opposes this declaration."

"They want for there to be chaos in Egypt as there is in their country," Gheit said of Hizbullah.

"I tell this man [Nasrallah]: No, no! Our armed forces can defend our homeland from people like you. Your interest in creating chaos is not in the best interest of the area," he added.

The Egyptian foreign minister added that his country had tried to prevent the escalation in violence by asking Israel not to carry out an operation in the Gaza Strip.

"We asked Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni to Cairo in order to tell her: 'Do not attack the Gaza Strip,' but unfortunately, this is not what happened."

Meanwhile, Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hizbullah supporters poured into the streets of southern Beirut, protesting Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip.

The protesters carried Palestinian, Lebanese and yellow Hizbullah flags and banners supporting the Palestinian people.

"Death to Israel," and "At your service, Gaza!" many in the crowd shouted during Monday's demonstration.

The massive rally was called for by Nasrallah who in a speech on Sunday urged crowds in the Arab and Islamic world to rise up in support of Gaza.

He declared Monday a day of mourning and solidarity with Gaza.

In his televised speech on Sunday, Nasrallah attacked Arab nations - particularly Egypt and Jordan - and accused them of cooperation with Israel in its offensive in the Gaza Strip.

"There are some who speak of Arab silence, but this is wrong. There is full Arab cooperation, especially by those who have signed so-called peace agreements with Israel," he said.

The Hizbullah leader called on Arabs everywhere to go out into the streets and demonstrate, in order to force their governments to stop the Israeli offensive.

Nasrallah reprimanded Egypt for casting the responsibility of the condition in Gaza on Hamas.

He attacked the Egyptian foreign minister who in a Saturday press conference said that Hamas, which had been repeatedly warned by Egypt, must bear responsibility for the current situation in Gaza.

"Yesterday, we heard a high-ranking Egyptian leader cast the responsibility on the victim. Can we accept such things from Arabs? Casting the responsibility for this war on the Gaza resistance is embarrassing and saddening," Nasrallah added. "Our nations call on Egypt to help."

Nasrallah also warned the Lebanese government and army to be on alert in southern Lebanon in case Israel attacked.

Nasrallah said Sunday that Hizbullah is ready to confront any Israeli "aggression" against Lebanon in light of Israel's assault on Gaza.

"Since the beginning of the Zionist attack on Gaza, Israeli officials have issued threats about another front, and they mean Lebanon," Nasrallah said.

He warned that Israel has taken measures on its borders that might or might not be defensive, and "might take advantage of the situation to launch an attack on Lebanon."

Nasrallah said that Israel needed such action on "an electoral level and to salvage the image of the Israeli army." But, he added, "We are not concerned or afraid... We are ready to face any attack on our country."

Nasrallah was speaking from a secret location through a giant screen to hundreds of supporters who gathered in Hizbullah's stronghold of Beirut's southern suburbs.

Elsewhere across the Middle East, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday for the second day in a row to protest Israel's air assaults on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

From Ramallah to Lebanon to Iran and Iraq, crowds of protesters called for an end to Israel's attacks, which began Saturday and have claimed more than 280 lives in the Hamas-controlled Strip.

Several of the protests turned violent.

"We have a disaster here... the number of people dying, the number of wounded, the number of houses and buildings destroyed, which is carried by almost 700 Arabic satellite stations," said Dr. Abdel Monem Said Ali, director of the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Center for Strategic and Political Studies.

"I think it is mobilizing the Arab public in a way that for sure will push their governments" to take diplomatic and political action, he said.

Arab foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Wednesday under the auspices of the Arab League to "formulate the Arab position to deal with Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip," Arab League Chairman Amr Moussa said Saturday night.

The urgent meeting was initially going to take place on Sunday but was delayed to accommodate members who had meetings scheduled with other Arab regional groups.

On Sunday, Moussa said that the UN Security Council action passed earlier in the day expressing serious concern at the escalating situation in Gaza and urging an immediate halt to all violence was "not enough."

At the upcoming Arab League meeting, the members will "have to balance a very strong message of support to the Palestinians with keeping the road open to negotiations," Ali said.

"Some will call on Egypt and Jordan to cut diplomatic relations with Israel."

Already on Saturday, Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir told Al-Jazeera that those nations which have normal relations with Israel should cut their ties in light of the Gaza operation, Ali said. Jordan, Egypt and Mauritania are the only three Arab League states that have full diplomatic relations with Israel.

Both Egypt and Jordan are receiving internal pressure from syndicates, trade unions and political parties to sever their relations with Israel.

Jordanian deputies burnt an Israeli flag during a parliamentary session on Sunday in a rare protest against the Jewish state's raids on the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported.

Delaying the Arab League meeting by a few days could be a wise choice to let things cool off a bit, Ali said.

"The initial position of Arab countries in such a meeting is usually to take an extreme position," he said. "After two days, their nerves will be much better, particularly if they work out a cease-fire in the next few days."

Meanwhile, in Iraq, a suicide bomber on a bicycle targeted a crowd of more than 1,000 demonstrators in Mosul, killing one protester and wounding 16, Iraqi police said.

In Lebanon, police fired tear gas to stop dozens of demonstrators from reaching the Egyptian Embassy. Some in the crowd hurled stones at the embassy compound. It was unclear if anyone was hurt.

Egypt has been criticized for not doing enough to allow aid to pass through its border with Gaza.

Earlier in the Lebanese capital, a Hamas official roused a crowd of about 1,000 people topped by fluttering Lebanese and Palestinian flags, promising victory, resistance and ruling out surrender. His speech was met with cries of "death to Israel" from the crowd.

The demonstrators gathered outside the United Nations office in downtown Beirut. After an all-night emergency session in New York, the UN's Security Council expressed serious concern at the escalating situation in Gaza and called on both Israel and the Palestinians to immediately halt all violence.


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1 posted on 12/29/2008 11:04:58 AM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Quoted above — “In his televised speech on Sunday, Nasrallah attacked Arab nations - particularly Egypt and Jordan - and accused them of cooperation with Israel in its offensive in the Gaza Strip.”

Yeah, they don’t want the terrorists taking over their country like they did in Gaza... LOL...


2 posted on 12/29/2008 11:08:34 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: mojito

If Egypt really turns on Hizbullah that would be a good development. I don’t see Egypt wanting to be under the influence of a Persian lackey.


3 posted on 12/29/2008 11:09:47 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Star Traveler

MATTHEW 24
In the midst of this discussion about the temple’s destruction, Jesus makes a statement that has been widely misunderstood and misapplied. He says in verses 6-7, “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places


4 posted on 12/29/2008 11:10:35 AM PST by TaraP (The RAPTURE: Seperation of Church and State)
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To: Star Traveler

Nasrallah needs to be given milk and cookies and put down for a nap. A dirt nap, that is.


5 posted on 12/29/2008 11:14:32 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I thought it was Hezbollah?:)


6 posted on 12/29/2008 11:14:35 AM PST by DoneWithDems
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To: mojito
Meanwhile, Tens of thousands of Lebanese Hizbullah supporters poured into the streets of southern Beirut, protesting Israel's air assault on the Gaza Strip.,/I>

Good place for a MOAB.

7 posted on 12/29/2008 11:18:30 AM PST by sausageseller (http://coolblue.typepad.com/the_cool_blue_blog/)
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To: DoneWithDems

Hezbollah (aka Hizballah etc.


8 posted on 12/29/2008 11:24:48 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: mojito

“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock Landed on Us!”


9 posted on 12/29/2008 11:25:50 AM PST by Lilpug15 (I'm Moving to Alaska...You can Keep THE CHANGE!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

“Hezbollah (aka Hizballah etc.”

LMAO, sorry:(


10 posted on 12/29/2008 11:30:18 AM PST by DoneWithDems
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To: mojito

“”They want for there to be chaos in Egypt as there is in their country,” Gheit said of Hizbullah.

“I tell this man [Nasrallah]: No, no! Our armed forces can defend our homeland from people like you. Your interest in creating chaos is not in the best interest of the area,” he added.”

The meoney quote. They have no interest in furthering Hisbullah’s aims. Or the Palestinians. Everywhere they go civil war and chaos follws immediately.


11 posted on 12/29/2008 11:36:35 AM PST by TexanToTheCore
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To: TaraP

Pray for Christian Revival. It’s our only hope against evil.


12 posted on 12/29/2008 11:45:12 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: TexanToTheCore

“They have no interest in furthering Hisbullah’s aims. Or the Palestinians. Everywhere they go civil war and chaos follws immediately.”

You’re exactly right. Chaos IS the strategy of the forces of darkness! You have inspired my new tagline!


13 posted on 12/29/2008 11:46:51 AM PST by TEXOKIE (Chaos is the strategy of the forces of darkness!)
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To: Vigilanteman

I private meeting with Arafat I think, in a nice cozy cell in hell, served by Hussein.


14 posted on 12/29/2008 11:46:59 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: Vigilanteman

You said — “Nasrallah needs to be given milk and cookies and put down for a nap. A dirt nap, that is.”

Give him a new cell phone, and then let the IDF give him a call... LOL...


15 posted on 12/29/2008 11:50:29 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: TaraP

I posted this on another thread, which can apply here, too...

See Psalm 83 and the book Isralestine, for information how Israel may be wiping out the terrorists in the surrounding nations and expanding it’s borders dramatically, in the near future.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/098149577X/

Psalm 83

1 A Song. A Psalm of Asaph. Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, And do not be still, O God!

2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head.

3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.

4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”

5 For they have consulted together with one consent; They form a confederacy against You:

6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites; Moab and the Hagrites;

7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek; Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;

8 Assyria also has joined with them; They have helped the children of Lot. Selah

9 Deal with them as with Midian, As with Sisera, As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,

10 Who perished at En Dor, Who became as refuse on the earth.

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb, Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,

12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves The pastures of God for a possession.”

13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!

14 As the fire burns the woods, And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,

15 So pursue them with Your tempest, And frighten them with Your storm.

16 Fill their faces with shame, That they may seek Your name, O Lord.

17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever; Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,

18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the Lord, Are the Most High over all the earth.

And so..., Israel may be expanding their borders, dramatically, and eliminating the troublesome terrorist nations around it. As Israel is not “dwelling securely” within its borders yet, that may be an indication of some drastic changes coming about, in which it will finally have that. At which time, then, the Antichrist comes upon the scene (at which time they are dwelling securely), and then begins the time of Jacob’s trouble.

This is the new thinking that is coming about, in regards to Israel’s immediate future...


16 posted on 12/29/2008 11:57:22 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: DoneWithDems

If you’re talking about the spelling, there are various spellings used...


17 posted on 12/29/2008 11:58:04 AM PST by Star Traveler
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To: mojito
Correction:

"Already on Saturday, Sudanese president genocidal dictator and slaver Omar al-Bashir told Al-Jazeera"

There. Fixed it.

18 posted on 12/29/2008 12:02:49 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Women were treated like livestock by Mohammad, so Allah must want women treated like cows forever.)
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To: mojito

I hope they all calm down, we don’t need any excuse for gas prices to shoot back up.


19 posted on 12/29/2008 12:10:43 PM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: mojito
Nasrallah was speaking from a secret location through a giant screen to hundreds of supporters who gathered in Hizbullah's stronghold of Beirut's southern suburbs.

Typical Islamic radical leader. His butt is safe in hiding, but he's calling for his co-religionists to get out on the pointy end of the spear to protest.

20 posted on 12/29/2008 12:28:16 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: mojito

the egyptian government must be one of our most useful allies in the region. Their population might well elect the brotherhood if ever given the chance (who says free elections are always good?), but their government is secular and pragmatic as heck from what I see. I wonder if the amount of assistance they have given us (interrogations, for example) will ever be known in any detail?


21 posted on 12/29/2008 12:32:32 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: DoneWithDems

Hizballah is the correct spelling (it means “Party of Allah”) but others like “Hezbollah” and “Hizbullah” are used as well.

Actually, the best spelling for Hizballah should be T-O-A-S-T ;)


22 posted on 12/29/2008 1:14:30 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (The Middle East: We put the OIL in TURMOIL!)
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To: TaraP

This is found in Isaiah 19:

23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria, and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians. 24 In that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a blessing in the midst of the land: 25 Whom the LORD of hosts shall bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance.

According to a preacher I’ve spoken with, who believes this is end time prophecy, it looks as though Egypt and Assyria (modern day Iraq) will be allies of Israel.


23 posted on 12/29/2008 1:33:37 PM PST by chickpundit (Palin '12)
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To: mojito
This is what gets me:

"Yesterday, we heard a high-ranking Egyptian leader cast the responsibility on the victim. Can we accept such things from Arabs? Casting the responsibility for this war on the Gaza resistance is embarrassing and saddening," Nasrallah added. "Our nations call on Egypt to help."

They bomb the daylights out of Israel and when Israel retailates, the muslims cry victim. They always start the fight, then can't finish it so they end up crying about that "big mean bully" Israel who started attacking them out of the blue for no reason.

24 posted on 12/29/2008 1:49:09 PM PST by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: DoneWithDems

Both spellings are fine. Different Arabs will transliterate the names according to their understanding of the English letters & sometimes according to their own pronunciations of their dialects.


25 posted on 12/29/2008 4:55:15 PM PST by forkinsocket
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To: TexanToTheCore

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26 posted on 02/11/2011 7:49:52 PM PST by piasa
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
In a press conference held on Monday afternoon in Ankara with his Turkish counterpart, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit responded to criticism by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday, saying that "They have practically declared war on Egypt via several satellite stations. The Egyptian people reject and opposes this declaration."
Interesting venue. Thanks mojito.


27 posted on 02/11/2011 8:08:39 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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