The Muslim Brotherhood man who now leads Egypt has been lauded for brokering a kind of peace between Israel and Hamas in 2012. Two years prior to that, before he held the Egyptian presidency and led the faction re-writing that country’s constitution, Morsi spoke about the Israelis.
The words he used and the tone he took are both inflammatory.
In a video taken September 23, 2010, Morsi said “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.”
Morsi went further: “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.”
Morsi also promoted “all forms of resistance” against Israel, calling for military resistance against the “criminal Zionists” along with supporting “resistance fighters,” i.e. terrorists who attack Israeli civilians. He called on Muslims and Arabs all over the world to “support” such fighters, but did not specify what such support entails. He called on “Zionists” to be “driven out of our countries.” He stated that he does not recognize the “Green Line.” Morsi also called for boycotts against Israel and all countries that support it, including the United States. The United States is currently considering sending Morsi’s Egypt a gift of 20 F-15 fighters and 200 Abrams tanks.
The language Morsi deployed bears striking similarities to the accusations and insults that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad routinely deploys against the country. Ahmadinejad has called for the “fake regime” to be “wiped from the map.”
Just this week an aide to Morsi predicted that Israel would cease to exist within a decade.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological forerunner to terrorist groups Hamas, Hizballah, al Qaeda and others.