The way things are going in the Middle East and here at home, it’s hard to argue with him. The Muslim Brotherhood and its various offshoot are rising to power across the region. The best that can be said of the Obama administration is that it accidentally helped them take power in Cairo. One could also say that the administration is dishonest with the American people about the rising threat, both from the new Egypt and from a renewed al Qaeda, a Muslim Brotherhood offshoot that has rebadged and retooled after the death of Osama bin Laden. The American people have clearly voted to prioritize free stuff over our national security or the security of our allies. Without strong and clear American backing, Israel is in grave jeopardy.
Essam el-Erian, who serves an advisor to Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, had attempted to dispel a recent controversy over comments he made in an interview last week, in which he invited Egyptian born Jews to return to the country.
In an interview with the Saudi-backed newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Erian said that the “ideology of Zionism” had ended in failure and denounced Israel as “Palestine’s occupiers.”
“Jewish occupiers of the territory of historic Palestine are an obstacle to the Palestinians’ right of return,” he said. “Anyone who can read the future can see that this project has a decade, less than a decade to go, and it is our faith that the people of Palestine can then return to Palestine.”
“There will be no such thing as Israel,” he continued, “instead there will be Palestine which will be home to Jews, Muslims and Druze and all the people who were there from the start.”
“Those who want to stay will stay as Palestinian citizens. Those who conquered Palestine will have to go back to their countries,” he added.