January 16, 2013
President Barack Obama’s spokesman is downplaying venomously anti-Semitic statements by Egypt’s new Islamist president, who said that Jews are “apes and pigs” and must be hated by Muslim children.
Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, “has demonstrated in word and deed his commitment to Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. … He obviously worked with us to resolve … a ceasefire … — in the Gaza conflict last year,” spokesman Jay Carney said during the Jan. 15 White House press conference.
U.S. policy is focused on Morsi’s actions, not words, Carney said.
“So this is about action; it’s about deeds,” he said.
Carney added that Morsi “should make clear that he respects people of all faiths, and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt.”
“Acceptable? It is the norm now,” said Barry Rubin, a regional expert and the director of Global Research in International Affairs.
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:08 am