In this image made from Egyptian State Television, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the Shura Council, the country's upper house of parliament, in Cairo, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. Credit: AP
A video recently released by the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI) features Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi saying Arabs and Muslims do not benefit from interacting with "the decedents of apes and pigs" -- Israel. He also refers to Americans as "enemies" and calls for a boycott of U.S. goods.
Here are some excerpts from Morsi's remarks translated by MEMRI:
These futile [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations are a waste of time and opportunities. The Zionists buy time and gain more opportunities, as the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the Muslims lose time and opportunities, and they get nothing out of it. We can see how this dream has dissipated. This dream has always been an illusion. Yet some Palestinians, who erroneously believe that their enemies might give them something... This [Palestinian] Authority was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people and its interests.
No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track. Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.
We should employ all forms of resistance against them. There should be military resistance within the land of Palestine against those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians. There should also be political resistance and economic resistance through a boycott, as well as by supporting the resistance fighters. This should be the practice of the Muslims and the Arabs outside Palestine. They should support the resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are. None of the Arab or Muslim peoples and regimes should have dealings with them. Pressure should be exerted upon them. They must not be given any opportunity, and must not stand on any Arab or Islamic land. They must be driven out of our countries.
In addition to referring to Americans as "enemies," Morsi also called on Israel's opponents to unite against the United States by boycotting American goods.
Watch the video below:
Is this really the man who will keep the peace between Israel and Palestine and the Jewish nation's other enemies in the region?
You may recall when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Congress and called the Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi is now the figurehead of in Egypt, a "largely secular" group. Further, the Obama administration has continued close relations with Egypt, including insisting on sending $450 billion in aid to the country. Many lawmakers oppose that notion.
Do you think Morsi's statements, made just over two years ago, will force the current administration to reevaluate its relationship with the Islamist-controlled Egypt?
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(H/T: Jerusalem Post)