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Morsi’s ‘apes and pigs’ comments highlight Obama’s Egyptian problem, experts say [VIDEO]

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

Muslims should try to force Jews out of Israel by warfare, economic boycotts and diplomatic isolation, Egypt’s new moderate Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, said in recently translated videos from 2010.

“These blood-suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs … there is no place for them on the land of Palestine,” Morsi said, referring to Israeli Jews, during in a September 2010 interview.

Morsi’s language forcefully exposes the growing distance between the hopes and reality of President Barack Obama’s Arab-outreach policy, which has provided support to Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The 2009 “New Beginning” strategy was intended to moderate Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamist groups by allowing them to govern their home countries.

But U.S. officials minimized their public comments about the strategy after a wave of embassy attacks and political turmoil struck in Egypt and other Muslim countries.

In September, officials quietly canceled a planned formal visit by Morsi to the White House. However, they later invited a Morsi aide to the White House, where he met with Obama behind closed doors on Dec. 5. (RELATED: Obama calls Morsi to complain about riots, not human rights)

Even the administration’s “minimalist policy is based on the illusion that the Muslim Brotherhood is moderate and Morsi and Obama can be partners,” said Eric Trager, an expert at the D.C.-based Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The administration “is taking Egypt one day at a time, and one danger is that it is not looking ahead to the point at which the Brotherhood will pursue its foreign policy, which it has spoken about for the past 84 years,” he added.

Once that happens, he said, “the working relationship [with the White House] will disappear.”