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        1/18/2013, Shevat 7, 5773

      U.S. Not Satisfied with Morsi's Comments on Tolerance

      Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland of the United States State Departmentֲ said, Thursday, that an Egyptian presidential spokesman's statement rejecting "all forms of discriminationֲ and incitement toֲ violence or hostility on the basis of religion" was "an important first step to make clear that the type of offensive rhetoric that we saw in 2010 is not acceptable, not productive, and shouldn't be part of a democratic Egypt." She continued, "That said, we look to President [Mohammed] Morsi and Egyptian leaders to demonstrate, in both word and deed, their commitment to religious tolerance and to upholding all of Egypt's international obligations.

      Earlier in the week, the White House condemned remarks by Morsi from about three years ago, when he called Jews "the descendants of apes and pigs" and "bloodsuckers."