05 January 2009

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak says he wants an Israeli victory in Gaza

Monday 5th January, 2009

(From R to L) Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Finland's President Tarja Halonen, Egypt's President HosniMubarak, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attend the Bastille Day parade in Paris July 14, 2008, in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO).

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stunned visiting foreign ministers Monday when he said he wanted Israel to emerge as the winner in the current conflict in Gaza.

The European foreign ministers, headed by Karel Schwarzenberg of the Czech Republic, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, met with Mubarak in Cairo before travelling on to Jerusalem.

The ministers met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni after arriving in Jerusalem and briefed her on their discussions with the Egyptian president.

It was at that meeting that ministers confided that Mubarak had told them 'Hamas must not be allowed to emerge from the fighting with the upper hand.'

Hamas believes Egypt is trying to broker a ceasefire and sent a delegation to the city on Monday. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meantime has told visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Israel will not honour a ceasefire imposed by the UN Security Council. It will only honour an agreement that it agrees to, the Israeli prime minister told Sarkozy.

Israel wants the rocket attacks to stop, and the smuggling of weapons from Egypt to cease. Mubarak, whose country patrols the border with Egypt, was insisting Monday there was no smuggling, that supplies to Hamas were coming from ships off Gaza.

Israel has said it is a member state of the UN and should not be put on the same basis as Hamas, which it says is a 'terrorist organization.'

Hamas wants a re-opening of all Gaza crossings and a halt to Israeli military raids as pre-conditions of a truce.

Source: http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com

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