Johannesburg: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi has said that comments on Israel attributed to him before he was elected, slammed as deeply offensive by the US, were taken out of context.
According to a statement from the presidency issued after Mursi met US Senator John McCain, the President said they were taken from comments on the Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and stressed the need to put the remarks in the right context, reports News24.
According to a TV clip released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Mursi refers in a 2010 interview to "occupiers of Palestine" as "blood suckers and war mongers, and descendants of pigs and apes". He added that they must be resisted with all forms of resistance, including the military.
In his latest statement, Mursi stressed his commitment to the principles he has always insisted on, including full respect for religions, freedom of faith and religious practices, especially the heavenly religions. He also stressed the need to differentiate between Judaism and its adherents from those who practise violent actions against Palestinians.