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Merkel blames Hamas for Gaza Strip violence

Published: 16 Nov 2012 12:30 GMT+01:00

"The federal chancellor calls on the Egyptian government to use its influence on Hamas to push it towards a moderation of the violence," Merkel's deputy spokesman Georg Streiter told a regular government news conference.

Streiter added that Merkel was following the escalation of the unrest in the Middle East "with great concern" and stressed: "It is Hamas in Gaza that is responsible for the outbreak of the violence."

"There is no justification for firing rockets on Israel which are causing massive suffering to the Israeli population," Streiter added.

Merkel - in Moscow on Friday - wants an "immediate" stop to the rocket fire, the official said.

"The Israeli government has the right and the duty to protect its population in an appropriate way."

The spokesman declined to comment however on whether Berlin would back a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.

On a visit Friday to the Hamas-run enclave, Qandil vowed to intensify Cairo's efforts to secure a truce and urged world leaders to end Israel's "aggression" in Gaza.

The diplomatic mission came as Israeli officials said the Jewish state was preparing to launch its first ground offensive in four years into the Gaza Strip and the army started calling up 16,000 reservists.

A ceasefire agreed during the brief visit quickly dissolved in violence as militants admitted firing volleys of rockets into Israel and Palestinian security sources said an Israeli air strike hit northern Gaza, killing two.

Israel accused Hamas of violating the agreement but it denied carrying out any strikes.


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15:23 November 16, 2012 by catjones
On and on and on.
15:33 November 16, 2012 by mobaisch
yes Merkel, Germany was once blindly against jewish people and now blindly against Palestinians.. When will you learn to be balanced.
15:55 November 16, 2012 by raandy
There is no end to this conflict. How many world leaders have tried to broker a peace deal, all have failed.

Hamas's right of return is mute , there is nothing to return to. The Israel's have torn their homes down and built new habitats.

Israel has no interest in a 2 party state.

The last invasion into Gaza ,resulted in deaths between 1,166 and 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths 4 of those was from friendly fire.

How many innocent children and non combatants will die this time. The last incursion did not stop the rocket fire into Israel and it is doubtful this incursion will either. They just keep spreading hate amongst the new generation,with their high tech weapons.
16:08 November 16, 2012 by Wise Up!
Radical Islamists are the inheriters of Nazi hate. Germans know anti-semitism when they see it.
16:19 November 16, 2012 by mobaisch
Wise Up!:

Radical islam has nothing to do with Palestinians' right to live like other humans on this planet. I come from a town in westbank where water and land and every resources is being dried up by settlers. Christians and muslims suffer there. Wake up!

However, Hamas is an islamic group which is part of the life long palestinian resistance against the aggression of the nazi-like israeli systematic killing and stealing land.

I do not have right to keep military control over another nation neither they do.
16:22 November 16, 2012 by Bulldawg82
The Palestinians will never have a chance to live in peace because Iran and Egypt are constantly agitating radicals and even sending radicals to Gaza to keep the fight going. The Palestinians real enemy is radical Islam. Israel has every right to defend itself and they are no more going to give the land to those they shared it with, any more than Canada and the USA will give their lands back to the Native Americans. If those in Gaza can't accept this reality, then they lose. Israel is NOT going any where and the Palestinians need to accept this and reject radical Islam and those "friends" that keep pushing them to fight. This goes hand in hand with Islam needing to get over that infidels occupy a portion of land in the heart of their religious empire. There are no good guys in this - but there is a reality and until the reality of the existence of Israel (and it's right to live without rockets raining down on her) is acknowledged, the Palestinians will live in misery.
16:35 November 16, 2012 by MattyB
16:19 November 16, 2012 by mobaisch

Indeed, wise up! There has never been, nor ever will be, a state called Palestine. It's imaginary like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. However, if you insist on saying there was and is, perhaps you ough to look at Jordan. You know, Jordan, the country where the majority of the population is "palestinian," yet treated like second class garbage. Speaking of garbage, that's kind of how all their Muslim "brothers and sisters" around the Palestinian territories have treated them since Israel once again became a nation. They've been used as human pawns for decades now. Deflecting the abuses and corruption of Arab dictators and helping to fuel the radical nazi-like hatred of Jews most Arab Muslims have.

Hamas over the last 4 days has launched hundreds of rockets at Israel, yet somehow this is Israeli aggression.
16:37 November 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
What comes out of Dr. Merkyl and Mr. Hyde's mouth should come with a government health warning. Her handling of the Euro crisis shows how little one can take her words seriously. Just shut up angie for Christ's sake.
17:22 November 16, 2012 by melbournite
There are lots of crazy misconceptions on this thread...

The Palestinians were dispossessed and were fighting for their rights long before "Islamists" were in power in Egypt or Iran. Actually Israel and the US were sponsors of Hamas originally as a counterweight to the communist and secular groups within the Palestinian movement (much as the US funded the mujahadeen against the Soviets)

Actually the Palestinians and Israelis DID make peace - they were the Oslo accords and were sabotaged by the far Right in Israel. This latest brutality was triggered by the murder of Hamas's Jabari who had just received documents relating to a permanent truce with the Israelis. The Israeli Right dont want peace, because then they may be compelled to hand back some of the land they stole.

The stuggle for Palestinian rights has nothing to do with anti-semitism, it is anti the ideology that Palestine belongs to a group of european jews by God's decree. Much like how the God of the old testament allowed the Israelites to ethnically cleanse the Caananites, so the Zionists believe they have the same rights with respect to the Palestinians
17:39 November 16, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Nice to see that the Antisemitism is still alive and well @ the Local. When will you start with the Holocaust denial that I enjoy reading here so much?

Actually, Palestinians/Muslims have been wanting to exterminate Jews long before there was any such thing as a state of Israel. Yasser Arafat's Uncle was the 'Mufti of Palestine'. He personally met with Adolf Hitler to collaborate on the extermination of Jews. There is an unbroken lineage you can all enjoy.

But this all Correlates to theLocal.de's Enthusiastic Support for the removal of Mubarak in Egypt. Nobody has enjoyed the Power vacuum left behind more than the Islamist. Congratulations, Antisemites. Your dream is finally coming to fruition. Today, the new PM of Egypt is in Gaza to support the escalation to a war.

This is the world you created. Enjoy your Euro, and enjoy the war.
18:12 November 16, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Can always rely on IchBin to provide a distorted view of the facts. What exactly do you consider to be your ideal way the world should be? You critise without a good alternative apart from the hateful one you obviously harbour.
20:40 November 16, 2012 by Wise Up!
Her's an alternative: forswear violence and accept Isreal's right to exist. But that will never be accepted by the haters.
20:43 November 16, 2012 by michael valerio
Stay out of this mess Merkel.
22:10 November 16, 2012 by Eric1
There are so many of those that hate Jews so much they support the bigots and racist that join them in their hatred of Jews. I see it all over Europe and other places. How can one say they hate Nazis and then support those attacking the Jews for no reason is just shocking to me. Nazism by any other name is still evil.
22:42 November 16, 2012 by JOHNATAN
we the citizens of south Israel support our government decision in stoping Hamas from firing rockets on our cities , giving green light to IDF to conduce the neccessary steps to stop the terrorism from Gazza
23:34 November 16, 2012 by StoutViking
Ppolitical trendies at their best... Didn't you hear? Hipster Hitler hated Jews and Zionists before it was cool! You're not reinventing the wheel here.

Now seriously, where were these "Palestinians" when they were under Jordan's rule? Why didn't they go by that name then? Why didn't they ask for recognition from Jordan before 1948? Or before 1967? Perhaps for the same reason there's no single history book mentioning such a nation...?

Now here's the fun bit... In the 90's the world spoke of peace, later just ceasefire. Now the debate turned into the legitimacy of Israel's existence.

So, while all the Political trending wh**es are comparing the IDF to the SS, Syria's about to hit the body count of 40,000. Jackpot?...
08:33 November 17, 2012 by melbournite
Hitler hated the jews, but he collaborated with zionists. Both believed in the same thing - the removal of the jews from europe.

No wonder you insist on the non-existance of Palestinians. Its much easier to ethnically cleanse them if you convince yourseld they dont exist.

Israel is hardly "under attack". One of the most sophisticated killing machines in the world is bombarding a million people trapped in, effectively, a large concentration camp
09:29 November 17, 2012 by JOHNATAN

"Israel is hardly "under attack"."

really? come to spend just one month with me in my village Shderot, pitty you have not lived there for the last 14 years like I did with my children
09:35 November 17, 2012 by Sashzilla
@melbournite. Thanks. After long time saw a wise comment. There is a difference between Jews and Zionists. Never confuse yourselves by saying Semite or anti Semite. As Semite includes Arabs and Jews both. Any one defending Isreal want to live in Palestine in peace? They have nothing to lose cause everything is gone since 60 years. Are they rebelling? Of course ! The Jews and Arabs both suffer while a majority of Zionists thrive.
10:37 November 17, 2012 by melbournite
@JOHNATAN I'm sorry for your situation. You must then be able to imagine, if you multiply the terror by 1,000,000 what its like to be a mother with children living in Gaza amidst drones, F15s, cruise missiles, battleships, tanks and soldiers who open fire on you when you try and surrender.

If I was you I'd blame your government for refusing to make peace with the Palestinians, return the land that was stolen from them and allow Palestinian refugees to return to their homes

@Sashzilla It is of course Israeli propaganda to deliberately confuse zionism and anti-semitism. In fact there are many Jewish groups opposed to Zionism
10:38 November 17, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Both sides have proper grievences and the rest of the world are continuously trying to appease them both but often escalate things instead by exercising poor judgement in what they say. Angie here being a case in example. Basically if both Israel and Palestine wiped each other out a lot of the rest of the world would heave a sigh of relief whilst making sympathetic sounds in public.
11:59 November 17, 2012 by JOHNATAN

we withdrown all our setlers and army from Gazza still with Sharon as Prmier , what did we get more rockets every day for 13 years.

Shderot is my village where I was born not stolen land

they have to accept the 2 states solution

why do you think the blood of my child is less red as the Palestinian one? why do you think my wife is not suffering from this situation, people get wounded andkilled here as well.

we will not give up

we will support our government
12:40 November 17, 2012 by danceswithgoats
Israel is a UN member state. All its neighbors tried to destroy it in its infancy by invading it in 1947. Israel fought and won. In 1967, during a war between Israel, Egypt and Syria, Jordan engaged in an unprovoked attack from the West Bank. Israel had warned King Hussein of Jordan to stay out of the war; he did not. Israel beat Jordan's army in very stiff fighting and took terrain in the W. Bank to include Jerusalem. The current borders are a direct result of Arab policy and military failures. There is no Palestinian leader that can sign a treaty with Israel that involves giving up land and expect to be alive the next day. BTW - why does no one every discuss the 600K Jews that were expelled from Arab countries after the 47-48 war? Why does Israel have to give up territory that it won in wars but the borders of current Europe considered inviolable?
14:54 November 17, 2012 by Zubair Khan
I fully support the view point of German head of state. According to a recent revelation of Stratfor, "To begin to make sense of the escalating conflict in Gaza, we need to go back to the night of Oct. 23 in Khartoum. Around 11 p.m. that night, the Yarmouk weapons facility in the Sudanese capital was attacked, presumably by the Israeli air force. There were indications that Iran had been using this facility to stockpile and possibly assemble weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, guided anti-tank missiles and long-range Fajr-5 rockets capable of reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from Gaza.One of the major drivers behind Israel's latest air and assassination campaign is its belief that Hamas has a large cache of long-range Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 rockets in its possession. Israel's primary intent in this military campaign is to deny Hamas the ability to use these rockets or keep them as a constant threat to Israel's population centers. This likely explains why in early October, when short-range rocket attacks from Gaza were still at a low level, Israeli officials began conditioning the public to the idea of an "inevitable" Israeli intervention in Gaza. Israel knew Hamas had these weapons in its possession and that it could require a war to eliminate the Fajr rocket threat. It began with the strike on the facility in Sudan, extended to the assassination of Hamas military commander Ahmad Jabari (the architect of the Fajr rocket program) and now has the potential to develop into an Israeli ground incursion in Gaza.". This also indicates that Hamas, intentionally or un intenationally has been trapped by some one else. Should open the eyes and try to behave sensibly.
15:20 November 17, 2012 by JOHNATAN

yes ,Oslo agreement were signed and then in Camp David Arafat leave the dialogue and opened the first Intifada while he did not get what he wanted,Clinton said the Pal. did the same mistake twice:rejecting resolution 181 in 1948, and leaving Camp David.Hamas is against any compromise with Israel therefore Israel never supported them but the Gazzans did.Jabri was terrorist chief who murded many Israelies.The land -west bank was not stolen but occupy during the 67 war which the arabs started against us.

we got an historical right on this land even if you reject it, but the 2 states , was accepted by us in 1948 and again in Oslo,who deny our right to exsist as a state is Hamas.
17:42 November 17, 2012 by ron1amr
Israeli air strikes level Hamas. Palestinian militants have attempted to hit Israel's commercial capital with missiles as Israeli airstrikes continue to bombard Gaza.

Netanyahu is a dangerous person. He has been wanting to wage war in Iran

Check out this link abc news online http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-16/rockets-target-tel-aviv-as-death-toll-mounts/4375816

In one news article Hamas fires rocket into the holy city of Israel. There is nothing holy about Israel especially with a leader like Netanyahu.

Merkel to me sounds like a puppet because you have a small faction of Hamas firing Rocket into Tel Aviv landing on the outskirts with the retaliation of rocket flattening the Hamas headquarters injuring hundreds of civilians. And yet Israelites and Palestinians are the same people. I say get rid of Netanyahu and have a more peace loving Israeli leader. It is a brink of a civil war. And the Palestinians will be obliterated. There will be a hate which will never end. This is not good for the year 2012. Netanyahu should be trialed for war crimes. The Hamas should know not to fire rocket into Israel because then Palestine will be flattened. I just do not understand Hamas for doing this it is, was, and always will be a one sided war conflict in the biggest casualties always been Palestinian civilians.
20:00 November 17, 2012 by StoutViking
Don't you just love this heartbleeding peaceloving fellow here?

17:58 November 18, 2012 by JOHNATAN

In this time when our cities and houses, streets and families are under attack of missles coming from Gazza ,all of us from left to right support our government and also our Prime Minister.

Also here civilians were killed by rockets firing from Gazza directly to our cities,

you have nice face to call Hamas leaders gentlemen and Netanyaho a war criminal,as allways the Jewish blood got no value that was your philosophy for 2500 years and has not chaned at all,our killed children women old people are not to count you never say a sorry word for that and that explains everything.
18:19 November 18, 2012 by raandy
The statements that the USA and most all the Nato countries say " Israel has a right to defend herself" true enough, but this always becomes an opportunity to over react with overpowering aggression by Israel, 100s ,thousands of no combatants will be killed by Israel air strikes, the destruction will be overwelming.. and the situation is escalating, even though it is under control.
19:07 November 18, 2012 by Englishted
The E.U builds up Gaza ,Hamas rockets Israel ,Israel attacks and destroys in Gaza, the E.U. rebuilds Gaza , guess what happens next ?
20:24 November 18, 2012 by JOHNATAN
As a citizen of Shderot a tiny village in south Israel which is target for Kasam and Grad missles constantly for the last 13 years , every day, I think there is no such thing as" overpowering" aggression but our state must tell Hamas enough is enough and if they do not understand the good way they will the bad way.
14:19 November 19, 2012 by raandy
Seems it will always be the bad way, think it is working? or it works until the next time. You need to move or your State needs to find a better solution.
17:51 November 19, 2012 by Bulldawg82
@Johnatan: Not everyone is against you and many of us support you (here comes with all this zionist name calling bulls***). Hang in there and be strong. I wish you and your family good health and safety.
10:04 November 20, 2012 by mobaisch
Every one who is defending Israel, whether you like it or not, there is a blood on your hands. Media nowadays is using the Hamas to defend itself, while they started all of this 64 years ago.

You can fight another country and win, but you will never never never win against the will of a people to live freely.
15:16 November 20, 2012 by Bulldawg82
@mobaisch. Blow it out your porthole. Hamas is a worthless and ruthless organization and if their blood is on my hands, then I gladly accept it and I flip my bloodied middle finger in your general direction.
23:39 November 20, 2012 by tercel
mobaisch, you can't be serious crying in your beer over another country or religion stealing someone else's land. It has been happening almost forever.

I don't see you crying over Tibet illegally invaded and occupied by China. The history of the Tibetan state began in 127 BC with the establishment of the Yarlung Dynasty. A formal peace treaty concluded between China and Tibet in 821-823 demarcated the borders between the two countries and ensured that, 'Tibetans shall be happy in Tibet and Chinese shall be happy in China". That was until the communists in China decided they wanted Tibet and are rapidly ethnically cleansing Tibet with ethnic Chinese. Why aren't you forcing the Chinese to give Tibet back to the Tibetans?

Pakistan and Bangladesh were once part of India until the moslems invaded and murdered over 60 million Indians and sent over 20 million Indians mostly females to the muslim slave markets in the 1000 year illegal invasion and occupation of India. It was the English that illegally gave Pakistan and Bangladesh to the moslems. Why aren't you forcing the moslems to give back Pakistan and Bangladesh to the Indians?

East Prussia was part of Germany from the 13th century to the end of WW2. The German population of East Prussia was almost completely expelled by the communist regimes. The 1945-1949 expulsion of Germans from the northern part of former East Prussia was often conducted in a violent and aggressive way by Soviet officials, and East Prussia is now part of Poland. Why aren't you forcing the Poles to give back East Prussia to Germany?

Spain was invaded and occupied by the moslems from 711 to 1492. Now the moslems want it back, because of some thing mohammed once said, "where ever a moslem foot has stepped that land will forever belong to islam". I doubt the Spanish will be willing to surrender their country again to the moslems but mohammed's words are very similar to the jews when they say Israel was given to them by god and will always be jewish.

The Palestinian problem is very simple, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out, the Palestinians do not want a separate independent nation because if they did have one and they sent 100's of rockets into Israel it would be a declaration of war and they know Israel would win, and annex gaza and the west bank and this time keep them. It's safer to pull on the tigers tail than punch him in the face.
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