Hamas welcomes Morsy ´win´ in Egypt; calls to ´restrain Israel´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 06.18.12, 22:52)
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Amid escalation in south, terror group´s leader in Gaza urges ´new
Egyptian president´ to curb ´Israeli aggression´; Palestinians
celebrate ´great victory for all Muslims and Gazans´
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh welcomed the self-declared
victory of Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsy in Egypt´s
presidential election, the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported Monday.
According to the report, Haniyeh said he was praying for stability
and security in Egypt. He also urged the Arab country to curb
the "Israeli aggression."
Haniyeh, it was reported, denied Israel´s claim that Hamas was behind
the recent rocket attacks emanating from the Egyptian-controlled
Sinai Peninsula, saying the allegations were merely "an excuse" to
Israeli aircraft bombed a number of targets in Gaza on Monday,
killing four Palestinian terrorists. The strikes came after
terrorists attacked defense contractor crews building the new
security fence along the Israel-Egypt border. The attack claimed the
life of Said Phashpashe, 36, from Haifa.
Israeli officials posited that Palestinian terrorists from Gaza
carried out the attack.
Egypt’s agonized passage from revolution to democracy was in limbo on
Monday, as the Muslim Brotherhood claimed victory in a presidential
election while the generals who took over from Hosni Mubarak decreed
it was they who would keep most power.
The former air force commander running against the Islamist dismissed
Morsy’s self-declared triumph as a bid to “hijack” the election.
Ahmed Shafik, who was also Mubarak’s last prime minister, said that
it was he in fact who was ahead.
As a day of counting, and mutual jibes over violations, wore on,
there was no official word on how the two-day run-off went and
electoral supervisors warned they may not publish any result until
Thursday – prolonging what for many Egyptians has become a wearisome
deadlock between a military past and religious future.
Shafik’s camp insisted he led by two to four points but even sources
in the army, which has fought the Brotherhood through six decades of
military rule, indicated they were preparing to accept that Morsy had
won Egypt’s first free presidential vote.
Whoever emerges as president – and at least one electoral official
privately endorsed Morsy’s claim to be leading by 52% to 48 with the
bulk of votes counted – he will find his powers tightly circumscribed
by a decree issued by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi’s military
council as polls closed on Sunday.
Having last week dissolved the parliament that was elected in January
with a thumping Islamist majority, the Supreme Council of the Armed
Forces (SCAF) said on Sunday it would now take back the assembly’s
legislative powers and could also step in to break a deadlock in
drafting a new constitution.
The Brotherhood, however, expressed its joy and defiance on the
streets and Morsy, a 60-year-old, US-educated engineer who was a
political prisoner under Mubarak, promised to be a leader of all
Egyptians – a nod to the many, from Christians to secular liberals to
moderate Muslims, who fear intolerant clerical rule.
“Thanks be to God who has guided Egypt’s people to the path of
freedom and democracy, uniting Egyptians for a better future,” Morsy
said in a victory speech to supporters in Cairo during which he
forswore revenge or the settling of scores.
Upon receiving word of Morsy´s "victory," Palestinians in the Gaza
Strip on Monday distributed sweets, praised God and expressed hope
for a new era of warm relations between Gaza and Egypt.
Gaza, a small, densely populated territory, borders Egypt’s Sinai
Peninsula. The strip’s ruling terrorist Hamas group is a local
offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood and draws inspiration from the
As the Brotherhood claimed victory early Monday in Cairo, dozens of
drivers in Gaza City honked their horns and decorated their cars with
Palestinian and Egyptian flags, green Hamas banners and posters of
Hamas activists distributed sweets at the main intersections across
Gaza, and loudspeakers at local mosques blared out messages of joy
and victory. Shopkeepers in Gaza’s main commercial center eagerly
followed the claim from Egypt.
“The news from Egypt is a great victory for all Muslims and for us in
Gaza,” said Sameh Ramdan, a 23-year-old student and Hamas supporter.
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zohri said the result of the Egyptian
presidential election is a victory for the Egyptian people, the
revolution and its martyrs, adding that Morsy’s "win" will help break
the siege on Gaza and support the Palestinian cause, "particularly
with regards to Jerusalem." Reuters, AP contributed to the report
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/18/12)
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