The timing of the two are closely intertwined. Morsi’s comments had been around for a while. A staged condemnation of them however would allow the White House to posture as pro-Israel at an extremely critical period.
White House Condemns Morsi’s Call for Destruction of Israel, Will Still Send Him F-16s and 200 Tanks
Morsi calls Jews the “descendants of apes and pigs”, a racist way that the Koran refers to Jews, taking this out of the realm of a foreign policy difference and into old-fashioned racism. This is not even about Israel, it’s about Jews, as becomes obvious when Morsi says, “They have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history.”
Morsi was arrested during the protests due to suspicions that he was inciting against the government. In a military operation, members of al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military wing, and activists affiliated with Hezbollah breached the prison where he was being held and he along with other senior officials were freed.
50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.