Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi sharpened his tone against Israel on Friday, while Palestinian terrorists continued to fire rockets into southern Israel and Tel Aviv.
After concluding the Friday prayer at a mosque in Cairo, Morsi warned Israel of the consequences of its strikes in Gaza. According to the al- Shorouk newspaper, Morsi tweeted on his Twitter page: "We have the power to uproot the aggressiveness just like it uprooted exploitation.
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"I don't want to take unusual steps," Morsi added, "but if I see that the homeland is in danger, I won't hesitate."
Morsi said earlier that "Gaza will not remain alone as it was," adding that the aggressors "know they will pay a heavy price is they continue their aggression."
He further said that the post-Mubarak Egypt was completely different and that all Egyptians were determined to stop the offensive on the Gaza Strip.
According to Morsi, "The blood spilled over there will not get the other side peace and will serve as a curse on them. It will incite all the people of the region against them."
Morsi added that the Egyptian prime minister's visit to Gaza stressed the message stressed by revolutionary Egypt and will "stop this brutal aggressiveness."
He also said that "the Egyptians throughout their history were not an aggressive people, but they are capable of stopping any attack."
The Egyptian president also said that "Egypt doesn’t want to fight and constantly calls for peace, but real peace is not just for one side at the expense of another side, so that one side enjoys the good life while the others suffer from attacks and ongoing killing."
Calls against Jews
The al-Ahram newspaper's website reported that the audience chanted slogans against Jews while Morsi spoke. The newspaper also said that the Egyptian president commented about Israel without mentioning its name.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a phone conversation with Morsi that he supports an end to airstrikes in Gaza.
Putin also said that he expected the region to go back to normal and that military operations leaving civilians dead should be stopped.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to speak in Ramallah on Friday evening at the start of a Palestinian leadership meeting on the escalation in the Gaza Strip.
Elior Levy contributed to this report