Israel media is reporting on statements by Egyptian Presidential adviser Essam al-Erian that Israel will cease to exist in about ten years. According to a Times of Israel report, the al-Erian statements were an attempt to further clarify his ear lie remarks inviting Egyptian Jews who had fleet the country to return:
January 1, 2013 A senior Egyptian official who also serves as an adviser to President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday expressed the opinion that Israel would not be around in 10 years. The remark by Essam al-Erian, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, was an attempt to explain a previous statement to the effect that Jews who once lived in Egypt should return to their home country and leave Israel to the Palestinians. ‘There are people in Palestine who occupied it, and those occupiers have prior homelands,’ Erian wrote on his Facebook page. The quotes were cited by the London-based pan-Arab daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat. Israel, he claimed would cease to exist within the next decade. ‘There won’t be a thing called Israel anymore; only Palestine, and it’ll contain Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze, and all of the people who lived there to begin with,’ he said. ‘Anyone who wants to stay will stay as a Palestinian citizen.’ Thus, he explained, ‘all of those who occupied it’ — including Jewish former residents of Egypt – ‘will have to return to their homelands.’On Sunday, during a television interview, Erian said that ‘Jews [in Israel]of Egyptian origin should refuse to live under a brutal, bloody and racist occupation stained with war crimes against humanity.’ He also questioned why former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser expelled the Jews from Egypt in the first place. The office of the Egyptian president and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party attempted to distance themselves from the comments, apparently not due to Erian’s implication that Israel has no right to exist, but rather due to the implication that the tens of thousands of Jews who were expelled from Egypt in the wake of Israel’s establishment would be welcome in their country of birth. ‘Erian’s statements don’t represent the stance of the presidency, and he isn’t an official spokesman of the president’s office,’ the president’s statement said. ‘The Jews of Egypt are criminals who deserve to be punished for what they’ve done to Egypt and the Palestinians,’ said Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan.
A post from last week reported that al-Erian had called for Egyptian Jews who have fled the country to return to Egypt.
A post from October 2012 reported that that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi had participated in weekend service where an Islamic cleric called upon the Jews to be destroyed. A post from September 2012reported on an information packet released by Secure America Now that revealed that In one of Dr. Morsi’s most egregious statements, he said in 2004 that the “Quran has established that the Jews are the ones in the highest degree of enmity towards Muslims” and that “there is no peace with the descendants of the apes and pigs”.