Morsi’s jihadist views revealed

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Michael F. Haverluck (

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 (MEMRI).

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 YouTube videoMorsi 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," Morsi asserted.

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 peaceably.

"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 presidency)

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 rants.

"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 power.

"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 Egypt.

And will the Muslim Brotherhood's fervent anti-Israel agenda take root during Morsi's presidency, which just began last June?

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 Islamic land."

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