Egypt urges Palestine, Israel to restraint themselves
Israeli PM urged said he would not hesitate in using force to stop Hamas from firing rockets in response to Israeli air missile srikes.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit urged Palestinians and Israelis to exercise restraint to facilitate a new ceasefire between the Jewish state and Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers.
Fighting across the Gaza Strip border with Israel has escalated since a six-month ceasefire which had been brokered by Egypt expired last week amid violence.
"Egypt will not stop efforts (to broker a truce) as long as the parties want this, but I cannot imagine that we can convince the two sides to go back to the calm as long as there is this escalation," Aboul Gheit told reporters at a press conference with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni.
He added: "What we are asking them both is to restrain themselves, and then we see how to come back to that period of quiet."
Meanwhile Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert urged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Thursday to reject their Hamas rulers and said he would not hesitate in using force to stop Hamas from firing rockets in response to Israeli air missile strikes killing Palestinians.
"I will not hesitate to use Israel's might to strike Hamas and (Islamic) Jihad. How? I will not go into details now", Olmert said in an interview with Al Arabiya television, according to his office.
Reuters Last Mod: 26 Aralık 2008, 09:04