Egypt Advocates for Palestinians While Brokering Truce Talks

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Speaking on condition of anonymity to avoid upsetting the talks with the Israelis, the Egyptian official argued that the West, which supports Israel's right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Gaza, was essentially blaming the victim. 'It is so strange people are talking about the rights of self-defense,' he said. 'The self-defense of whom? Of the occupied people? Of the besieged people? Of the hurt people? No, the self-defense of the most powerful state in the region and the self-defense of the occupying force of Gaza and Palestine. This is what some of the international community are talking about.'

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