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Morsi vows 'to stand by Palestinians without declaring any wars '
In a speech marking the Islamic Al-Adha Eid, President Morsi says he fully supports Palestinians' struggle against Israeli occupation; calls on Assad to stop bloodshed
Ahram Online, Hatem Maher, Thursday 25 Oct 2012
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President Morsi delivers his first Eid Adha speech as state leader (snapshot: Nile TV)

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.

A spokesman for the Hamas government in Gaza said earlier this week that Qatar would channel goods and material to build the strip, which is under Israeli siege, via neighboring Egypt.

Hamas, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, was boosted by the election of Islamist Morsi as Egypt president but the relationship between Hamas and Egypt was somewhat strained after the 5 August attack in Sinai when gunmen killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.

After the deadly incident, Egypt started to close smuggling tunnels along its border with the Gaza strip, prompting Hamas to ask Cairo for alternatives after losing their primary source of delivering goods to the enclave.

Morsi also had words of support for the Syrian revolution, where people and the regime have been locked in a 19-month conflict that the United Nations says has left around 30,000 people dead.

"The Syrian regime must stop the bloodshed, especially in Al-Adha feast," Morsi said.

"The Egyptian people are aware of their responsibilities toward towards their brothers. We never interfere in the affairs of any country, but we stand by the nations which seek to regain their rights and live a decent life."

Morsi took a swipe at critics of a cordial diplomatic letter the Egyptian presidency reportedly sent to Israel's president Shimon Peres last week.

"I'm not used to paying attention to trivialities and small things; you can find fabricated letters here and there but the Egyptian people know my true positions," he commented.

Morsi said he believes Egypt would not develop "unless people, Muslims and Christians, embrace faith."

"The Egyptian people, with the faith of Muslims and Christians, are capable of progressing, and they are already making that progress," he added.





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A.K.
26-10-2012 09:10am
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EID MUBARAK ..
Egypt is experienced many problems internally and externally, and unfortunately some are interconnected (like it or not). Egypt has influence and a vital role to play in stopping the bloodshed in Palestine and Syria, and if EGYPT fails to assist these peoples it will be weakened even further. Stability in the Middle East will allow Egypt to progress faster. I think the President is doing his best under very difficult circumstances and competing priorities; and with this new freedom of speech, he has to cope with a lot of "justified" and "un-justified" criticism; so let us all cool down for few days, and let us and let him enjoy a happy and safe festive season !!
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Nora
25-10-2012 05:09am
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Great President in spite of the flouls
Helping our brothers and sisters that are under occupation, wouldn't make Morsi a selling agent four our resources. The same group of 'readers' that object Morsi in this article are the same that group that accusing him of human rights violations. Morsi will NEVER be good enough for this segment. They do not like him breathing period.
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Dina
25-10-2012 02:05am
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That's great
That's great that Dr. Moris wants to stand by the Palestinians. That's not sarcasm, I really mean that. But why doesn't he worry about his fellow Egyptians? Isn't he the President of EGYPT? How about all the domestic problems Egypt is facing, including the fact that we do not yet have a constitution? He could easily fix this problem by picking a better Assembly, one that everyone would be satisfied. Include MB, Salafists (or maybe not), "liberals", whatever. Include everyone and problem will be solved. Its not that hard. But when you have a CA that has 20 Salafists and 25 MB members, I really don't think that is fair. I know not one-fourth of the country belongs to the Brotherhood when they have half a million members in a country of 80 million. Get it together Mr. President, or your fate will be similar to Mubarak. People want their lives to be improved, and as much as I have sympathy for Palestinians you will never be able to help them unless you help your own people first.
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Gamal Abdul Hamid
25-10-2012 05:30am
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He cares
Your claim that he doesn't care about Egyptians is a canard.
Seham
25-10-2012 04:52am
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Whatever he does He will be blamed
When media released the friendly letter for appointing Egyptian envoy to Esrael everyone fire the president and blame him for not supporting Palestine and we felt like everyone willing to go fight now and when he talks about securing palestine rights We tell him care about us not them The president if he sneezes someone will come and till him no you did something wrong ,regarding the constitution assembly He does not have the right to dissolve the current one without law a lot of people trying to drag him to unlawful thing like the one for prosecutor general then after that they blame him for doing unlawful decision.for Egypt a person if he is a president can not do anything for people do not want to get better people need to help themselves first to unite together to progress together some people wants to knock everything down if it falls on top of them just to get the other person down
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Aladdin,. Egypt
25-10-2012 01:03am
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Untoled 73 War Secret
US knew about Canal crossing (satelite pix, secret setrvice, etc.) but chosed not to wan Israel. I moved our troop in day lite. May Allah SWT bless USA. This is why Israel has its own satelites scanning its borders. LOOL.
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NewEgypt123
25-10-2012 12:52am
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A Real Leader
I am happy to read this story. Finally, Egypt has a real leader that can guide it back to its rightful place in the international stage. I hope that he delivers greatness back to Egypt.
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Tam2
25-10-2012 12:48am
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Religion and state
"Morsi believes Egypt would not develop unless Muslims and Christians embrace faith" Its so sad to see Egypt go this route, it really breaks my heart to watch my country deteriorate further while their leader thinks its the right path. I shouldnt be trying to to justify Morsi statement is false but I had to, and I would love to ask Morsi if he has seen how accomplished the chinese have been without faith. This is the problem when you have former extremists come into power, China are 50% atheists Mr. Morsi and 100% by your definition yet they are the most powerful in the world. The USA is another Atheist country according to your meanings, yet they have a civilized means of living, with very low poverty rate. If thats your plan on bettering the country ( by embracing faith) and your only plan, then we can embrace for an economic and freedom rights disaster. Why cant we get a normal leader? Weve been cursed with one poor leader after the other, Morsi is making Mubarak look like one of
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Karim
25-10-2012 12:00am
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Make Egypt strong
You want to help Palestinians and Syrians?. Make Egypt strong. No to Propaganda. No to Terrorism. No to anti-semitism. There is no other way. The Arabs are right now in the weakest Position since decades.We can do nothing for the syrians or palestinians because of our weakness.
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daniella
25-10-2012 09:18pm
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education
yes, you are right, and all this by EDUCATION in SCHOOLS, the truth about everything and no teaching of hate towards ANYONE including animals. This country needs lots of love.

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