choose your poison

Egypt, one of two neighbors with whom Israel has signed a peace treaty, continue to send mixed messages regarding their intentions vis-a-vis relations with Israel.

First we have Essam al-Erian, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party:  “…There are people in Palestine who occupied it, and those occupiers have prior homelands…  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…”

Then we have these soothing words from the office of the Egyptian president and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party: “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.



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