said last week that Jews who lived in Egypt should be allowed to return in the context of allowing Israel to become a Palestinian Arab state.
People from politicians to football coaches have been criticizing Erian for even considering allowing Jews into Egypt. The leader of the Salafist Nour party said his statements were "not acceptable for any sane person."
Erian tried to clarify his comments. he said that in ten years, after the "libration of Palestine," there will be no Israel anymore, and Israeli Jews would have no place to live. He is claiming his remarks were in that context. Erian added that he said his statements to help bring peace; as Jews leaving Israel would allow room for Palestinian Arabs to move there.
He also said that Nasser didn't expel the Jews but that they left on their own after the 1956 war.
As far as the criticism that a return of Jews to Egypt would open up the nation to potential lawsuits of billions of dollars for Jews whose property was confiscated, Erian replied that (of course) the West would bankroll the return of Jews to Egypt and pay all of the potential legal claims.
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