Monday, October 22, 2012

Egypt's Morsi Holds Israel In "Highest Esteem" -- But Wants To "Destroy Jews and Their Supporters"

The Times of Israel reports that Atef Salem, New Egyptian ambassador brings Israel ‘message of peace’:
“I came with the message of peace and I came to confirm that we are really working for mutual trust and transparency,” Ambassador Atef Salem of Egypt told Peres at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem. “We are committed to all the agreements we signed with Israel and we’re also committed to the peace treaty with Israel.”

...During a solemn ceremony, Salem, the new Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv, handed Peres his letter of credence — a diplomatic missive in which one head of state asks his or her counterpart to accept the bearer as new ambassador.

“Great and good friend,” Egypt’s Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, wrote in the letter to his Israeli counterpart, “being desirous of maintaining and strengthening the cordial relations which so happily exist between our two countries, I have selected Mr. Atef Mohamed Salem Sayed El Ahl to be our ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.” Morsi closed his letter, which largely followed standard diplomatic language for the exchange of ambassadors, by expressing “highest esteem and consideration.”
While Morsi's letter to Peres may have followed "standard diplomatic language" on Wednesday, October 17 -- two days later, on October 19, Morsi was following standard Muslim language:

Here is the full clip, courtesy of MEMRI:

And who can forget the "rally" Morsi attended, where huge crowds of Egyptians -- with Morsi sitting on the dais -- chanted "Millions of martyrs march towards Jerusalem!"

So the question is: which is merely formulaic and which expresses the true feelings that Morsi has for Israel and Peres?

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