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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Iran: Israel must be brought to justice

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:28:28 GMT | PressTV

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) calls for continuation of political pressure on Israel.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israeli officials must be brought to justice over their crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip.

"The trial of Israeli officials should be followed up on and the world's political pressure on the Zionist regime [of Israel] should continue," said Ahmadinejad in a meeting with Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal on Monday in Tehran.

Israel waged an offensive against Gaza on December 27, killing 1,330 people, including women and children, and wounding 5,450 others.

The heavy offensive was launched against Gaza under the pretext of putting an end to the rocket-firings from the area. Later, however, Tel Aviv, acknowledged that the attacks were aimed at toppling the democratically-elected Hamas government, which took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Israel announced a unilateral ceasefire on January 18 after failing to achieve its goals in the coastal region and withdrew its military forces from the Gaza Strip within days.

Following the victory Hamas announced a separate ceasefire, but the Israeli side failed to uphold the truce and continued its aerial attacks on the sliver.

Many share the view that the Israeli offensive against Gaza was planned by the outgoing Israeli government to make up for its defeat in the 33-day war on Lebanon. The outgoing Israeli Prime Minister had been under severe criticism for neglecting to consult with military and non-military officials before launching the attack.

Hailing Hamas' victory, Ahmadinejad described the resistance as an indispensable element warning Palestinians against falling for Israeli plots.

The president also said that Israel was likely to launch another aggression against Palestinians.

In a press briefing with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Sunday, Khaled Mashaal declared that the Hamas movement would remain armed as long as the occupation continues.

Mashaal arrived in Tehran to meet with Iranian officials and review Israel's 23-day war on the people of Gaza.

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