Obama Calls Egypt’s President Morsi To Thank Him For Helping 'Calm' Situation In Gaza… Seemingly Unaware Morsi Threatened Israel Earlier In The Day…

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Not only did Morsi threaten Israel but they crowd he was speaking to started chanting about killing Jews . . . and Obama thanks him for it.

(Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Friday to commend the country’s efforts to help calm the situation in Israel and Gaza and underscored his hope of restoring stability there, the White House said.

Egypt’s prime minister, Hisham Kandil, has said Cairo is prepared to mediate a truce in the growing violence between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that runs the Gaza Strip. Egypt’s government is allied with Hamas, but is also party to a 1979 peace treaty with Israel…

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Also,  Hamas fires first Iran-made Fajr-5 rockets toward Tel Aviv

…Over the last year, Hamas and Jihad were believed to have received more than 100 Fajr-5s, the largest weapons in the missile arsenal in the Gaza Strip. The sources said Hamas and Jihad were trained by Iran to use Fajr-5 to overcome Israel’s new Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Israel Air Force has deployed four Iron Dome batteries and was awaiting a fifth battery, the latter designed to intercept missiles with a range of up to 150 kilometers. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Iron Dome has intercepted 100 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Hamas and its militia allies have fired more than 250 missiles and rockets into Israel during a period of 28 hours. On Nov. 15, three people were killed when an extended-range BM-21 Grad rocket designed by China slammed into an apartment building in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat
Malachi. At least 15 people have been killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip…

Related: This week at Big Peace, Obama Still Silent as Egypt Backs Hamas

Today, Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood – a party formerly headed by current President Mohammed Morsi – announced that Egypt would get involved if Israel continued to kill terrorists in the Gaza Strip. Such Israeli action, said the party, would prompt “swift Arab and international action to stop the massacres.” The party also warned that Israel “must take into account the changes in the Arab region and especially Egypt … [Egypt] will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression, as in the past.”

The question now is whether the Obama administration will be able to prevent Egypt from attempting overt or covert intervention on behalf of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. If the United States leads from behind – or worse, if they show daylight with Israel – Israel’s security will be in grave danger. Even as dozens of rockets are fired at Israel, the Obama administration has yet to say anything. The Obama administration, by contrast, couldn’t shut up about a YouTube video even as Americans were slaughtered in Benghazi. And Obama continues to tout the Arab Spring as an awakening for freedom and liberty rather than for Islamism…

Update:  At Blazing Cat Fur:

Update 2: Stratfor: Israel Prepares for Gaza Ground Operation to Root out Hamas Rocket Attacks Using Iranian Missiles

Outstanding analysis of what’s going on in Israel from Stratfor.com. They explain that Hamas is firing what are likely Iranian Fajr-5 Missiles into Israel, a different type than they have ever used before, a longer-range missile capable of threatening Israel’s major economic and population centers, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Pressure is building on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put an end to the attacks. A ground offensive into Gaza to root out the location of the rockets is likely.

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