TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the silence of Arab countries regarding Israeli crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza.
"Israel will not be able to commit such criminal acts in Gaza, if Arab countries spend their large military sums to fight against Israel," al-Maliki said in the Iranian city of Mashhad on Monday.
He went on to denounce Arab countries for their lack of unity and said certain Arab leaders refuse to open even one crossing to the Gazans, press tv reported.
The Iraqi premier's remarks come as Israel rebuffs international calls to stop its bloody aggressions on the impoverished Gaza Strip, launched on Dec. 27.
The tenth day of the assault brings the number of Palestinian casualties to 531 with over 2,600 others wounded. The UN says that about 25 percent of the casualties were civilian.
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, on Monday defended Israel's actions, saying that Israel was "not only defending its right to defend itself" but was also waging a regional campaign "against extremism and against terror."