Essam al-Erian, the deputy chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, made the remarks in an interview, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
Erian stated that the “ideology of Zionism” had come to an end, and “Palestine’s occupiers” should leave the region and allow Palestinians to return.
“Jewish occupiers of the territory of historic Palestine are an obstacle to the Palestinians’ right of return,” he said, adding, “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.”
On Tuesday, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) censured Israel over its latest plans to build more illegal settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories.
NAM issued a statement condemning Israel after the group’s permanent representatives held a meeting in New York.
The NAM statement described Israel’s land-grab policy as a violation of international law.
The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts to establish peace in the Middle East.
More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.