Translated interviews conducted months before Hosni Mubarak's
overthrow have revealed the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood president's
scathing verbal attack against Israel and the U.S.
Since his swearing in as Egyptian president, the Muslim
Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Morsi, has portrayed himself as a man
standing for peace and liberty when it comes to Israel and America
-- a view that's been reflected by popular media and the Obama
administration. But are these his true colors?
Not according to virulent statements he made attacking Israel
and the United States in interviews recorded in 2010, which were
recently translated by The Middle East Media Research Institute
Incriminated by his own words, Morsi made it quite clear that he
has no desire to see peace in the Middle East between his neighbors
to the north, condemning the Palestinian Authority as a creation of
"the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing
the will of the Palestinian people."
Morsi expressed this
view in an interview (see YouTube video by clicking on image to
the right) that was broadcast on Lebanon's Al-Quds TV on
September 23, 2010 -- just a few months before the uprising that
ultimately ousted Hosni Mubarak from his Egyptian presidency. He
made it evident how he felt about the possibility of a peaceful
resolution between Israelis and Palestinians.
"No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track,"
The Islamic leader further explained that any negotiations
between Israelis and Palestinians are "a waste of time and
opportunities," arguing that Muslims and Arabs receive nothing from
engaging with "the descendants of apes and pigs" -- with many
acknowledging the latter part of the statement as sounding eerily
familiar with Adolf Hitler's disparagement of the Jews.
Refusing to recognize Israel as a nation, Morsi resorted to
name-calling once again when explaining his view of the nation he
later -- as president of Egypt -- vowed to coexist with
"Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or
else it is war," the Muslim leader contended. "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."
Consistent militant Islamic rhetoric BP (before
Recordings show that before Morsi's push to usurp Mubarak as
president, he was persistently on message (expressing core Muslim
Brotherhood principles) with his antagonistic anti-Semitic
"The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine," Morsi
proclaimed in another recently translated Al-Quds TV interview that
originally broadcasted on March 20, 2010. "What they took before
1947-8 constitutes plundering, and what they are doing now is a
continuation of this plundering."
This is in stark contrast to statements Morsi recently made
while in presidential mode when he introduced his foreign policy as
"a message of peace" on Egyptian television last Sunday.
"We will respect all international agreements," the Islamic
leader insisted, without specifically addressing Egypt's peace
treaty with Israel, but possibly alluding to it.
This recent televised statement flies in the face of his take on
dealing with Israel less than two years ago before coming into
"By no means do we recognize their Green Line," Morsi declared
in his March 2010 interview. "The land of Palestine belongs to the
Palestinians, not to the Zionists."
Being careful not to show this face since he and the Muslim
Brotherhood seized the presidency, Morsi showed a different face
during his acceptance speech, when he indicated that the 1979 peace
treaty signed by Egypt and Israel -- as a result of the 1978 Camp
David Accords -- would not be eradicated any time soon.
More than defiance … a call to retaliate
Even though the anti-Zionist Islamic agenda of the Muslim
Brotherhood has taken a back seat since the December 2010 events
leading up to the "Arab Spring," many have questioned the true
intentions of this organization that was instrumental in thwarting
Mubarak's 30-year reign of power.
Some skepticism could be rooted in Morsi's antagonism against
the Jewish state a couple years ago, when he incited Muslims across
the globe "to confront this Zionist entity" and to cut off "all
ties of all kinds … with this plundering criminal entity." Part of
this call to action against Israel was for all Muslims to refrain
from any "normalization of relations with it," as well as a total
boycott of the nation.
In the March 2010 interview, Morsi declared that he and the
Arab-Islamic world "want a country for the Palestinians on the
entire land of Palestine," insisting that "all the talk about a
two-state solution and about peace is nothing but an illusion."
After admitting that Muslims are operating under the façade of
desired peace when truly planning to rid the Holy Land of Jews by
taking over the nation, Morsi repeatedly dubbed Israelites as
inhumane aggressors who must be stopped.
"[The Jews] have been fanning the flames of civil strife
wherever they were throughout history. They are hostile by nature,"
Morsi continued in his televised diatribe in the spring of 2010.
"The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force."
However, this kind of rhetoric has not been part of Morsi's
current rule as president, but the Egyptian government's
relationships with Israel and Christians have significantly
worsened since his once-banned organization has taken over
And will the Muslim Brotherhood's fervent anti-Israel agenda
take root during Morsi's presidency, which just began last
Muhammad Ghannem, an outspoken leader of the Islamic
organization, is reported to have told the Egyptian people in
February 2011 that they "should be prepared for war against Israel"
after working to close the Suez Canal.
Morsi called Muslims the previous year to take action against
Israelites as well, further raising suspicions of his ultimate
intentions in the Middle East.
"Pressure should be exerted upon them," Morsi continued, so that
Jews should "not be given any opportunity [to] stand on any Arab or