Egypt says Israeli settlement expansion jeopardizes regions security

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Meanwhile, Islamists criticized Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi for re-opening the Egyptian embassy in Israel. But during Mursi’s Eid al-Adha speech on Wednesday, he said that “without declaring war against anyone,” Egypt would do its best to support Palestinian in their struggle against Israeli occupation.

“We will never accept any assault or siege on the Palestinian people. Egypt provides Palestine with all its needs such as food and clothing,” the Cairo-based Ahram Online quoted Mursi as saying.

“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. Mursi did not name Israel directly, thereby maintaining the same pattern he has followed in his speeches since his inauguration as Egypt president, Ahram said.

Egypt is trying to balance between its peace agreement with Israel and its pro-Palestinian stance. On Thursday, it helped to negotiate a ceasefire between Israel and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza.

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