Op-Ed: Morsi Did Us a Good Turn
David Rubin, former Shiloh MayorThe writer is former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel and Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, established after he and his three-year-old son were wounded in a terrorist shooting attack. He is the author of three books, including his new book, Peace for Peace: Israel in the New Middle East. www.DavidRubinIsrael.com
In the midst of the current turmoil in Egypt in which President Muhammad Morsi is facing violent protests against his rule, past comments have surfaced in which Morsi referred to Jews and Zionists as “bloodsuckers” and as “the descendants of apes and pigs”.
In a pathetic burst of futile defense of his hostile words, he told a contingent of visiting U.S. senators that the American media, which is controlled by “certain forces” had distorted his words. This bipartisan group of senators, who squirmed uncomfortably in their seats, had no doubt that Morsi was bringing forth another anti-Jewish slur from a repertoire that apparently runs quite deep in his worldview.
In order to understand Morsi’s beliefs, it’s instructive to examine the original source for this very Islamic theology, which comes straight from the Koran:
“Say (to the People of the Book – Jews and Christians), Come and I shall make known to you who receives the worst retribution from Allah; those whom Allah has cursed…whom he has made into monkeys and pigs… (Sura 5:60)
Sheikh Ahmed Ali Othman, supervisor of the Da’awa (Islamic Indoctrination) of the Egyptian Wakf and one of the leading Islamic scholars in Egypt, noted that this verse refers to the nation of the prophet Moses.
President Morsi is not just the elected leader of Egypt, but is part and parcel of the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership in Egypt, the same Muslim Brotherhood that was founded in 1928 with the goal of worldwide Islamic domination through jihad (holy war against what they call the unbelievers).
The Hamas is an outgrowth of that same Muslim Brotherhood that calls for the obliteration of not just Israel through terrorism (Jihad being its religious justification) and war, but for a “Jihadist process” using all means, both violent and non-violent, to “destroy and eliminate the Western Civilization from within”.
This is the religious and political home in which Muhammad Morsi was raised and in which he has thrived.
Anyone who expects him to undergo a sudden transformation from Islamic fundamentalist hater to peace-loving friend of Israel and the free world is engaging in a particularly malignant form of wishful thinking.
Given that reality, the Obama administration’s strategy of putting billions of dollars of sophisticated weaponry in Egyptian hands is the height of foolishness and may soon lead to a major conflict on what was not so long ago known as Israel’s quiet border, the result of what was then a relatively stable peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
In that context, we can understand that Morsi performed an unintended service to us all by expressing what most Muslim Egyptians believe. We Israelis, and our friends overseas, would be wise to listen, and then to act accordingly.