Muslim Brotherhood Official Calls On Egyptian Jews to Return to Egypt

YERUSHALAYIM -

A Muslim Brotherhood official has made an unusual proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inviting Egyptian Jews to return to Egypt and leave Israel to the Palestinians, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported.

Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, made the appeal during an interview late last week, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Every Egyptian has a right to live in his country, Erian was quoted as saying, and questioned why former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser expelled the Jews from Egypt in the first place.

In an unrelated development, a 23-year-old Israeli man was detained in Egypt on Friday for unknown reasons, Army Radio reported Monday.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed that Andre Pshenichnikov from Bat Yam was detained as he entered the country, and said that Israel is trying to obtain more details about from Egyptian authorities.

Pshenichnikov’s mother told Army Radio that her son got a visa to enter Egypt last week, and was planning to meet up with friends from France in Cairo.

He is said to be a left-wing activist, who lived in the Palestinian territories and was denied a request for Palestinian citizenship.

Egyptian sources said Monday night that Pashnichikov had tried to sneak into Egypt with the intention of reaching Gaza, so he could join Hamas to fight Israel, Arutz Sheva reported.