From The New York Times
Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim
a speech urging Egyptians
to “nurse our children
grandchildren on hatred
” for Jews and
Zionists. In a television interview
around that time, the same leader described Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who
attack the Palestinians
these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”
That leader, Mohamed
, is now president of Egypt
— and his comments may be coming back to haunt him.
Since beginning his campaign for president, Mr. Morsi
has promised to uphold Egypt’s treaty with Israel
and to seek peace in the region. In recent months, he has begun to forge a
personal bond with President Obama around their successful efforts to broker a
truce between Israel and Palestinian militants of the Gaza Strip.
But the exposure this month of his virulent comments
from 2010, both documented on video, have revealed sharp anti-Semitic and
anti-Western sentiments, raising questions about Mr. Morsi’s efforts to present
himself as a force for moderation and stability. Instead, the disclosures have
strengthened the position of those who say Israel’s Arab neighbors are unwilling
to commit to peace with the Jewish state.