A three-year-old video of Egyptian Mohamed Morsi uttering vitriolic anti-Semitic statements has prompted the White House to respond.
Morsi’s statements included inciting the Egyptian people to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. Another 2010 video showed Morsi calling “Zionists” “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said:
We have raised our concerns over these remarks with the government of Egypt. We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred. This kind of discourse has been acceptable in the region for far too long and is counter to the goal of peace. President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths.”
Morsi is now caught in the middle between Islamists who hate Israel and the United States and his desire to camouflage his own radical sentiments in order to curry favor with those in the West who finance his country. What is more, Mr. Morsi already faces attacks from ultraconservative Islamists and the left that he is too close to the United States and, by extension, Israel. Were he to back away from his remarks, he could become more vulnerable to such criticism.
Carney still insisted that Morsi was a partner for peace:
Since taking office, President Morsi has reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to its peace treaty with Israel in both word and deed and has proved willing to work with us toward shared objectives, including a cease-fire during the crisis in Gaza last year. This is about action. It’s about deeds.
Morsi has tolerated crucifixion of opponents, unilaterally taken over the Egyptian government, and sent thugs to intimidate local opposition. If the Obama Administration isn’t willing to cut off funding for this extremist, then Carney, by his own statement, has defined his own boss. The words Carney used, by his own admission, don’t mean a thing.