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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

Obama’s faith in a long-term partnership was highlighted on Dec. 6, when the president called Morsi three weeks after he had claimed dictatorial power over Egypt’s courts.

During the call, Obama explained to Morsi that it is “own interest to offer his opposition compromises, in order to build trust in his government,” a senior Obama aide told the New York Times in a Dec. 14 article.

Obama’s advice about Egyptian politics and continued large-scale economic and military aid have had little impact on statements and actions by Morsi and his allies. (RELATED: Journalist tours brutal Muslim Brotherhood torture chamber)

Back during the May 2012 elections, Morsi told a rally that his top political goal is establishing “the Sharia, then the Sharia, and finally, the Sharia.”

Sharia is Islam’s myriad edicts about behavior, speech, worship and business.

Since the December phone call with Obama, Morsi won a national ballot establishing a new Islamic constitution that gives Muslim clerics the task of reviewing all laws to assess their compliance with Sharia.

The constitution was approved by most Egyptian voters amid desperate opposition from a secular coalition of Christians, leftists, independent women and free-market advocates.

The coalition leaders’ complained that the coalition was overwhelmed by street thugs, police arrests, media curbs and ballot fraud.

Morsi’s new videos, released by the Middle East Media Research Institute, display the gap between the administration’s hopes and the reality of Morsi’s views.

Muslims outside Israel “should support the [Palestinian] resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are,” Morsi said, after referring to Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.”

The “apes and pigs” comment refers to a passage in Muslims’ sacred book, the Koran. The Muslim god, Allah, “transformed [Jews] into apes and swine,” because they rejected Islam, says the Koran, which is considered by Muslims to be the transcribed and unchangeable words of Allah.

“There is no place for them on the land of Palestine … [Jews] have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” Morsi said during a March 2010 interview with the Lebanon-based Al-Quds TV-station.

“The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force … they are hostile by nature,” added Morsi, whose comments echo orthodox Islamic edicts.