As Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi claims he will uphold a peace treaty with Israel, a video has emerged of 2010 speech in which he lashes out at Jews and Zionists.
According to The New York Times, Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, spoke at a rally against the Israeli blockade of Gaza, telling Egyptians to “never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.”
Morsi went on to say Palestine would be freed through resistance, and called President Obama a liar.
The speech was first shown Friday on Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef’s television show, according to the paper, and was made after a flareup in 2010 between Israel and Gaza.
A 2010 Morsi television interview also was unearthed last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute, the Times reports.
In it, Morsi called Zionists “bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians,” and “descendants of apes and pigs.”
Morsi has been regarded as a key figure behind a truce that was forged between Israel and Palestinian militants after both sides exchanged airstrikes for a week in 2012.
The video emerges just days after Morsi expanded the number of Muslim Brotherhood ministers in his Cabinet, VOA News reported. Three of the 10 Egyptian ministers sworn in are members of the Brotherhood movement, increasing the number of Brotherhood Cabinet ministers from five to eight.