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Iran accused of instigating Gaza violence

2012-11-20 10:00

Washington - Israel's President Shimon Peres accused Iran on Monday of encouraging the Palestinians to continue rocket attacks on Israel rather than negotiating a ceasefire, saying "they are out of their mind".

At the same time, Peres praised Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi for the constructive role he has played in the intensifying crisis.

"The unpleasant one is the Iranians. They are trying again to encourage the Hamas to continue the shooting, the bombing, they are trying to send them arms," Peres said in interview on CNN.

"They are out of their mind," he said.

Peres said Israel had no choice but to wage its offensive against Hamas in Gaza despite the rising civilian casualties, citing what he said were 1 200 missiles fired from the territory in the past six days.

"In one minute, if they stop shooting, there won't be any casualties," he said.

Hope for a ceasefire

In singling out Iran, Peres said, "We are not going to make a war with Iran. But we are trying to prevent the shipping of long range missiles which Iran is sending to Hamas."

"But Iran is a problem, world problem, not only from the point of view of building a nuclear danger, but also from the point of being a centre of world terror.

"They finance, they train, they send arms, they urge, no responsibility, no moral consideration," Peres said.

Asked whether a ground war in Gaza was inevitable, Peres said he was hopeful that there would be a ceasefire.

"The negotiations are still being continued. It's difficult for all parties, but it's not over and the best choice for all of us is to stop shooting," he said.

Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-20 10:09

    I agree. Iran has continued with their anti-Israel rhetoric for years now, wanting to 'wipe them off the map'. Iran is trying to stir up the Arab world again to invade Israel. They should go do their homework first and Google, 'The Six Day War'.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-20 10:20

      "citing what he said were 1 200 missiles fired from the territory in the past six days. "In one minute, if they stop shooting, there won't be any casualties," he said." Easy. Palestinians stop the rockets, Israel stops shooting back = ceasefire. One problem = Iran.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-20 10:23

      Israel must sit and fold there hands while 1 200 missiles fired from the territory in the past six days. Wake up anti-Israel morons. They got the right to defend themselves.

      abdul.m.gabier - 2012-11-20 10:37

      this not about Iran nor is it about the rockets being exchanged. Its about the occupation and the blockade. Both continue to bring suffering to these people. Do any of you think it is wrong to fight against the occupation and the blockade?

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-11-20 10:44

      Manjoo, you are typically ignorant of the truth. Hamas' goal is to eradicate Israel and return it to Arab Islamic rule. This means the killing of Jews. Gaza was returned to the Palestinians and there was peace and quiet, except for terror attacks which never ceased. Two years later Hamas came to power and the rocket attacks started. There is no occupation in Gaza. When the Palestinians want peace, instead of the destruction of the Jewish State of Israel, then the West Bank will be given back as well. Until then, Gaza will suffer on-going counter attack from Israel, and the West Bank will remain under occupation.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 10:45

      @mmanjoo The issue here is Gaza. So lets ask again, please tell us where in Gaza are the occupied areas? We keep on hearing about this when Israel is asking that the rockets should stop. If Israel has occupied Gaza, why are all news agencies talking about an impending ground attack on Gaza? Should we believe that Israel will attack themselves? Your logic reasoning should put you well on the road to a Nobel prize. Keep it up.....

      melanie.pienaar.92 - 2012-11-20 13:12

      Plain and simple rhetoric, the U.S. supplies Israel with weapons.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 14:09

      Abdul, you have to think for yourself and look deeper, if you want to see what is actually happening. The new generation of the Middle East does. Will you, or will you be left behind?

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 14:51

      WOW! melanie.pienaar.92 Thanx for the information. We did not know this. I always thought that Israel built their own fighter planes....

  • michael.taylorw - 2012-11-20 10:22

    Look how awesome the terrorists are: http://www.theage.com.au/tv/current-affairs/crime-and-punishment-in-the-gaza-strip-3151254.html

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-20 10:23

    Iran has the oil now everyone else has sour grapes... stop trying to run down a country for its oil.. Iraq a few years back with saddam now with iran... all this fuss is about a natural resource rightfully belonging to iran...

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-20 10:51

      So they have oil. Why then the need to develop a nuke to blow up Israel? Its because they have a blood lust second to none. Its in their genes.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 14:07

      The Iranian regime adjusts elections to hold onto power. It has stolen the Iranian government from the Iranian people. It funds the Jihadist movement that has killed and maimed hundreds of thousands of innocent people, mainly Muslims in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere. It is supporting Bashar Assad's brutal oppression of Syrians wanting nothing more than the right to vote. It supports the stoning of women. It openly calls for the elimination of Israel and denies the Holocaust, the single biggest attempt at human genocide in human history: six million people exterminated. It is dishonest, highly repressive, and self-serving at the expense of the Iranian people and humanity. It's days are numbered, and it knows this.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-20 10:25

    Dumb alright just like your name says your are...

  • abdul.m.gabier - 2012-11-20 10:36

    this not about Iran nor is it about the rockets being exchanged. Its about the occupation and the blockade. Both continue to bring suffering to these people. Do any of you think it is wrong to fight against the occupation and the blockade?

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 10:53

      Did Egypt close their border? What blockade is this you referring to? The one that is there to attempt to prevent rockets smuggled in? Sovereign states should not control their borders the way they want to? Israel should open it so that Hamas can send suicide bombers? Fight against the blockade? Why was it necessary to put it in place in the 1st instance? Because Israel likes to spend money? And have time on hands? Facepalm.....

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-20 10:57

      Yes, I wondered what happened to that story about the blockade. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Israel blockaded Gaza by land and sea and if anything or anyone moves in our out (legitimately) Israel wants to know and approve/deny such movement over Palestine. The other issue they were mentioning on the news the other day was the land occupation by Israel where they continue to annex more land in Palestine. Not sure of the whole story but I can easily see how Israel uses these rocket attacks to continue controlling movement in and out of Palestine. As long as Palestine attacks, they will continue the blockade. I know there was a ceasefire not so long ago but the blockade continued and the annexation of land continued unabated. Maybe a solution would be for Palestinians to ceasefire and give up all land to Israel and move maybe to another country who would house them permanently and leave that area for Israel to occupy. It would seem a solution that only suits Israel would be the answer to end the violence.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 12:56

      Dear byron.matthews.562 -, +/-Seven years ago Israel evicted every single Israeli family living there and gave Gaza to whoever was left. It was done in concession to the noise made by various parties. This caused quite a bit of unpopularity with the Israelis who had property there and had resided there for many years, in some cases generations. The idea was a peaceful coexistence. The period from then to now was peaceful except for the regular rocket attacks on Israel and the influx of suicide bombers, the smuggling in of explosives and other stuff harmful to Israel. From time to time Israel have had to suppress this as they were getting wearisome of have their children exposed to exploding rockets on a daily basis etc. Having to build bombproof schools is somewhat of a bore you'd agree? Another step was to control (not blockade) the movement of goods across their border. This is/was not dependant on rockets being fired or not. A truce means stop firing, not cease inspecting what comes into your country. There are other issues as well, but apparently Hamas in their wisdom knew better about what is good for the Gaza population, and continued the rocket attacks until Israel actually became a bit gatvol. Hence the present day situation.....

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-20 13:47

      thanks for the info Desilusionada, so what's this about the accusations of settlements being built apparently on Palestine land? Do you have any information regarding this.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 13:53

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

      sibusiso.hlongwane.92 - 2012-11-20 14:31

      martin.goodman what are you talking about? the IDF manages ALL borders of Gaza, including the crossing to Egypt.

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-20 15:03

      Dear byron.matthews.562 -, You do obviously want more info. 1967. Israel attached by all and sundry. Yom Kippur war, Israel attacked on their holiest day. So also 1948 Google is your friend. Reasoning. If I am attacked, I keep what ground I conquer. Israel kept the ground. Dispute local and international. Historical precedents. See also Dome of the rock, Jerusalem, Wailing wall, Roman conquests. Destruction of Jewish temple. The current issue is about Gaza. Politically and for propaganda reasons, this is mixed with the West bank matter. The rockets do not come from the West bank. In fact the Palestinian group involved there is not the same as that in Gaza. There is no bombardment of the West bank. They are kilometres apart ......

      byron.matthews.562 - 2012-11-20 15:31

      ok, if I'm reading you correctly, the settlements I've been hearing about are being built on the west bank, but the rockets are being launched from the Gaza strip where no settlements are being built. I never knew there were 2 areas. I just did a map search now and see that there is land mass between the Gaza strip and West Bank. I assume that land (in between) belongs to Israel? Weird situation to be in. 1 country divided / split by another. So the settlements are only being built on the West Bank and not Gaza... and the rocket fire is only coming from Gaza strip and not West Bank. So the west bank matter is treated as a completely separate issue to the Gaza hostilities, but the one party wants to include both issues into 1 and the other party wants to separate the issues. Am I off the mark?

  • janti.cloete - 2012-11-20 10:54

    Lots of anti-Israelis in SA... I guess terrorists will always support terrorists... Wonder if they know that the Hammas will shoot South Africans just as easy regardless of skin colour.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 13:56

      Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom.

      doberman.love.1 - 2012-11-20 15:44

      Looking at the thumbs up / down as a guide... I would say the vast majority support Israel (btw, so do I)

  • Almuallim Kzn - 2012-11-20 10:55

    Mr Peres IF peace is your objective then lead by example and stop the killing of innocent civilians , 1200 missiles fired upon a defenceless nation is not the solution, what is the difference between you and the so called terrorists NOTHING cause you both kill innocent civilians. we pray that a solution is found soon so that both nations can live in peace.

      LanfearM - 2012-11-20 12:00

      Hamas uses civilian shields.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 13:58

      That defenseless nation has been raining missiles down on Israel and actually started this conflict AGAIN, because it stupidly and tragically doesn't recognize the right of Israel to even EXIST.

  • zaahid.ismail.9 - 2012-11-20 11:02

    The problem is Israel had gone to war and occupied Palestinian land. Here in SA we talk about Nationalization as well as land grabs. I think everyone would be angry if your land was just taken away from you and your whole life has to change. So you have to understand where the Palestinian people are coming from. I guess the farmers in Zimbabwe do.

      LanfearM - 2012-11-20 12:01

      Funny, the Palestinians declared war on Israel in 1948, a day after the creation of the State of Israel. That was long before any land grabs and occupations and blockades. Funny neh. Now do you again want to comment about the causes of the conflict?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 13:59

      The problem is Zaahid believes anything that is told to him, even if it didn't actually happen.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 13:59

      Israel was created in 1948 from 52% of the land formerly occupied by the Jewish and Palestinian people, and Palestine 43%. Most of the Israeli territory was the Negev Desert. Jerusalem fell into neither territory. Palestinians with their unelected, self-serving neighbors declared war on Israel the very next day. In the 1960's they even invaded Israel twice. Full military invasions. The result: Israel survived and pushed them back, gaining territory in the process. This is the origin of what you wrongly call "stealing land". There have been almost daily attacks by Palestinians, incited by their self-serving unelected backers. Palestinians even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel, rather than be peaceful. Children. Kindergarten. From day one, and even today it's wage war on Israel. Israel defends herself. Yes sometimes going too far, which is unacceptable, but self-defense nonetheless. All that needs to happen is for Palestinians to choose peace side by side with Israel. This is more likely going forward now because the unelected dictators are being removed from power by their people, one by one. They will no longer use the Palestinians for their own internal political ploys.

  • Carol Benater - 2012-11-20 11:12

    Janti good comment, is scary how many ppl in SA think it is ok that these men are living among the women and children. Cowards!! Proud Jew

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-11-20 11:21

    "occupation" of occupied land which was taken from the Jewish people when Muslims occupied the the land that was already in occupation by the original Jewish kingdoms. Yeah. The history of the land extends much earlier than the last 80 years.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-11-20 14:05

      Correct. It's ridiculous and plain stupid what some people (racist Muslims and white supremacists) blindly believe. The Old Testament, part of the Jewish bible, records the existence of the Jewish people on the land for thousands of years. Yet here they are, regurgitating lies and misinformation told to them without giving it a second thought.

      William - 2012-11-20 14:39

      racist Muslims? lol... are you forgeting that Israel was South Africa's biggest Supporter during Apartheid?????????.. Large Israeli companies invested in South Africa DURING Apartheid while the world was sanctioning us. Fred you are a JOKE!

      LanfearM - 2012-11-21 11:15

      Exactly. The history of the conflict ALSO extends a lot further back than 80 years.

  • zebsonm - 2012-11-20 15:50

    tell this to gullible 59% of the USA population that supports such banditry.now militants can smuggle rockets and other such weaponry when everybody knows they cannot even recieve medical and other such stuff from wellwishers.what is happening to this grey haired denosour? fetching that far shows how the tyrany has run out of excuses. its however not surprising. if mr peres calls CNN for an interview and during that interview he says Iran is linked to Sandy,the famous brocaster will go ahead and air it anyway.this is digusting to say the least.

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