Earlier this week, Essam el-Erian, a senior Egyptian official who also serves as an adviser to President Mohammed Mursi said on Tuesday that Israel will cease to exist within a decade.
According to Al Arabiya, during an interview with private Egyptian television channel ONTV, Erian, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm said: “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.”
Erian’s latest comments have alarmed Israel, with the official Israel Radio expressing “disappointment.”
So far, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's Muslim American Advisory Council has not condemned the statement, which has led many to believe they may be in agreement with the Brotherhood's anti-semitic position concerning the Jewish state.