While the mainstream media over the past week provided extensive coverage of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's cordial diplomatic letter to his Israeli counterpart, an incident that demonstrated where the Egyptian leader's heart truly lies regarding the Jews received much less attention.
It must first be noted that Morsi's letter to Israeli President Shimon Peres, in which he called the Israeli a "great friend," was simply in keeping with diplomatic protocol, though even that was too much for many Egyptians.
Members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood were incensed by the gracious language used in asking the Israeli president to accept Egypt's new ambassador.
But if there were any questions over whether Morsi was turning his back on the Brotherhood's traditional hatred of Israel and the Jews, those were quickly put to rest by video footage taken at a Cairo mosque last weekend showing Morsi piously agreeing with the preacher's prayers for Allah to "destroy the Jews."
"Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels," prayed cleric Futouh Abd Al-Nabi. "Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them."
During the prayer, Morsi was shown kneeling, eyes closed, hands raised, mouthing the word "amen" to each of the cleric's requests.
One can only imagine the international reaction to an Israeli leader saying "amen" in agreement with a rabbi's prayers for God to visit destruction upon the Arabs.
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