Last week Morsi accepted millions of American dollars... But now video surfaces of his past railings against doing business with the US
by Sharona Schwartz
On March 3rd, Secretary of State John Kerry announced $250 million more in aid to Egypt during his visit to Cairo, a visit that included this chummy photo-op of the Secretary with President Mohammed Morsi. Now just one week later, video of a younger Mohammed Morsi is circulating among Arabic speakers online showing a not-so-chummy Morsi railing against those who cooperate, make deals or do business with the United States and against those who allow the Americans to “interfere in our business.”
The folks at Palestinian Media Watch examined the video for TheBlaze and provided us their translation...
Judging by Morsi’s more youthful appearance and the darker shade of his hair, the video was made a number of years ago...
Here is a transcript of the translation as provided by Palestinian Media Watch:
Who has pushed the nation into the margins? Who has misled it?
Who gave in to its enemies, its enemies?
Who tried to sell it (the nation) in the slave market?
Who did that? And who extended his hand to the Zionists?
Who has claimed that he wants to make peace with those (in order) to keep their chair, to remain in his place?
Who’s given those the chance to interfere in our business?
Who has brought the Americans here?
Who has given to them? Who is dealing (cooperating) with them?
Who’s making deals with them and works for them and is pleased with crumbs on their tables?
Who’s the one that knows them, who goes to them, who hosts them?
Who’s the one who knows their desires? Who knows their countries? Who knows their children? Who obeys them?
Who wants to continue having relations with them?
With all the regret (I) declare that they refuse.
Who has done all that? Has the Brotherhood done it? What have the Muslim Brothers done?
“This video should remind Washington of the Muslim Brotherhood’s unyielding hostility towards the United States... Policymakers should thus watch this video and remember that the Brotherhood doesn’t intend to maintain its currently cordial relations with Washington indefinitely, which is why we should be squeezing the Brotherhood rather than accommodating it,” Trager added.
In an effort to gauge the significance of the video, TheBlaze contacted Eric Trager, Next Generation Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, who is an expert on Egyptian opposition parties. He also tweeted out the Arabic video over the weekend.
The course of action Trager is suggesting has so far not been adopted, as reflected in a new revelation about the Obama administration’s Egypt policy. In an interview that The Hill published over the weekend, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said Kerry had hoped to offer considerably more aid to Egypt than the $250 million he announced last week, but he was blocked by Congress from doing so...
This is not the first tape showing Morsi in a less-than-diplomatic context. As TheBlaze reported in January, Morsi was caught on tape in 2010 calling Jews “the descendants of apes and pigs” and “bloodsuckers who attack Palestinians,” words Morsi’s spokesman later said were taken out of context...
Itamar Marcus who heads Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) tells TheBlaze, “At PMW we are not surprised by the duplicity of Morsi. PMW has stressed that an integral component of Muslim Brotherhood ideology is the necessity for preparation and timing of terror and violence. The MB has the identical goals of Al Qaeda – a world subjugated under Islam. But as opposed to Al Qaeda that preaches attack the infidels at all times at all costs, the MB believes that it must be timed for proper benefit.”
“When Morsi preached hatred of the West in the past it is clear that it was an expression of his authentic ideology. Anything different today is because of the need for timing,” Marcus added.
Palestinian Media Watch is a Jerusalem-based research institute that translates the Arabic media with the aim of educating Western policymakers about the messages to which Palestinians are exposed. Marcus wrote the book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process along with Nan Jacques Zilberdik in which the authors reviewed Palestinian government television and print items to try to discover if the Palestinian Authority is educating its public toward peace. By contrast, most of the messages it found were of an inciting and terror-glorifying nature. TheBlaze review of their book can be found here.