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The second bout of verbal attacks has been launched by those trading in the blood of Gaza after it became apparent that the Egyptians were close to achieving a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. This came in conjunction with Arab efforts spearheaded by Prince Saud al Faisal in the Security Council, which resulted in a UN resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. The Egyptian initiative came to be the catalyst behind that and this came about as a result of Saudi-Egyptian efforts; not as a result of the weapon of rhetoric used by Iran and its allies.

Today, after more than a thousand deaths and five thousand injured in Gaza, with the end of Israeli aggression in sight, the traders investing in Gaza’s wounded have emerged in preparation for the next stage. This is a major scandal and their number will increase after the atrocities of Israel’s crimes become visible on the ground. At the beginning of the attacks, we said, “The blood of Gaza is a business venture,” and today we will see who the merchants really are with our own eyes.

Those investing in the Gaza crisis emerged with their microphones, headed by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He appeared at a press conference, in which he expressed a similar message to Hassan Nasrallah the day he attacked Egypt.

Ahmadinejad said, “It is unfortunate to see a number of Islamic and Arab governments in the region condone this unprecedented genocide with their silence and smiles of satisfaction”. But the question here is: what has Iran done for Gaza? Its Supreme Leader issued a fatwa against any suicide bombers going to Gaza and Saeed Jalili pledged that Hezbollah would not get involved in the battle.

Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad’s Syrian ally has his own land occupied and shares a long border [with Israel], so why hasn’t it been opened so that Iranian suicide bombers could be dispatched from there? In actual fact, the Syrian said on Wednesday that he agreed that weapons should not be smuggled into Gaza and that there should be a halt to rockets being launched, so how can Egypt be accused of treachery? And why haven’t the Qataris closed the Israeli trade office in Doha?

That was not enough for Ahmadinejad; he published a letter to the Saudi monarch on his website saying, “It is expected of you to break your silence on the catastrophic events and on the murder of your children.” All I can say is look who’s talking!

It was King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz who brought the Palestinians together in Mecca whereas Iran and its allies are the ones who pushed Hamas to violate the agreement and carry out the coup in Gaza.

It was King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz who told the Palestinians in Mecca, “Do not destroy yourselves and destroy us,” whereas Ahmadinejad and his allies destroyed the Palestinians, divided the Palestinian rank and caused the split. They are responsible for the bloodshed of innocent people in Gaza.

The Saudi monarch is the one who threatened to cut Saudi-US ties because of the Palestinian cause during the 2000 Palestinian Intifada.

We watched as King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal told the international community, “Don’t force us to turn our backs on you,” whereas Ahmadinejad, through his disrespect to the Arab world, is testing US President-elect Barack Obama. In reference to Obama’s upcoming tenure, Ahmadinejad said, “We have enough time and patience and we will wait and see.”

Even though that it was Iran that called for cutting petrol supplies, in reference to the danger of an oil embargo on Israel’s supporters, Ahmadinejad said that it was “a good idea but was not on the agenda yet.”

Didn’t we tell you that they were the ones trading in the blood of Gaza?

Tariq Alhomayed

Tariq Alhomayed

Tariq Alhomayed is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat. Mr. Alhomyed has been a guest analyst and commentator on numerous news and current affair programs, and during his distinguished career has held numerous positions at Asharq Al-Awsat, amongst other newspapers. Notably, he was the first journalist to interview Osama Bin Ladin's mother. Mr. Alhomayed holds a bachelor's degree in media studies from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. He is based in London.

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