Israeli ex-spy chief says Netanyahu policies ‘will destroy Israel’

Carmi GillonBy IAN ALLEN |
The former director of Israel’s internal security service has warned that the policies of the Israeli government could lead to the complete destruction of the country. Carmi Gillon, Israel’s former ambassador to Denmark, led the Shin Bet, also known as Israel’s Internal General Security Service, from 1994 to 1996. In a scathing attack against Israel’s current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gillon accused him of being “an egomaniac” heading “a bunch of pyromaniacs” in government, who are leading the state of Israel “to its final destruction”. Gillon, 64, was speaking on Saturday evening at the “Peace Now” rally, organized outside the official residence of the Prime Minister in Jerusalem. Participants in the rally were protesting against the so-called Jewish State Law, a bill currently being discussed in the Israeli Knesset, which seeks to officially define Israel as “the nation state of the Jewish people”. The effort enjoys broad support from the Israeli right, including from Prime Minister Netanyahu. But it has been condemned by the country’s left, as well as by non-Jewish citizens of Israel, as a deliberate attempt to marginalize approximately a quarter of Israel’s population, which is non-Jewish. Some critics claim that Netanyahu and his supporters are attempting to prevent Israel from ever becoming a binational state, consisting largely of Jewish and Arab citizens, thus forever eliminating the so-called ‘one-state solution’ to the Jewish-Palestinian problem. The bill had been scheduled to be voted on in the Knesset on Wednesday, but its supporters in the Israeli parliament postponed the vote, following a wave of popular anger against the bill that has erupted throughout Israel in recent days. Speaking on Saturday at the rally in Jerusalem, Gillon said the Jewish State Law would “enshrine Israel’s status as a Jewish state” and would “eat the body of the entire nation like a cancer”. He added that he was speaking “with full professional authority” and urged opponents of the bill to “fight this fascism” that was propagated by “Bibi Netanyahu and the extreme right”. Later on Saturday, Israel’s former President, Shimon Peres, also spoke out against the proposed bill, which he described as “an attempt to undermine [Israel’s] Declaration of Independence for political interests”. He added that, if enacted, the bill would “damage the country both at home and abroad” and would “erode the democratic principles of the State of Israel”.

4 Responses to Israeli ex-spy chief says Netanyahu policies ‘will destroy Israel’

  1. johnnymorales says:

    This should answer questions some people have as to why American Jews are overwhelmingly Democratic instead of loyal Republicans. American Jews overwhelmingly agree with this opinion, and loathe the Republican demagoguery that indulges the extremism of Netanyahu and Lieberman.

  2. ncba says:

    “They can’t call Israel the “nation state of the Jewish people”. That implicates all Jews in the actions of that state without their consent. I’m Jewish, but I want nothing to do with Israel.

  3. TFH says:

    The average Jewish individual worldwide has about as much to do with Israel as the average Dutch person had to do with S-Africa in the days of Appartheid.

  4. johnnymorales says:

    That’s completely false, and you you know it. That you are making an effort to spread that lie shows how complicit you are in what Netanyahu is doing.

    IF it were true, then AIPAC wouldn’t try to move mountains in order to enable Netanyahu.

    As it is they shamelessly garnered Netanyahu a standing ovation in the House, which in the context of the current strained relations between Netanyahu and the President is unheard of.

    You can hate President Obama all you want, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it was an insult to the office he holds.

    For AIPAC to make such an effort shows many Jewish people at least in the US care quite a bit about Israel.

    Of course, maybe you are right in a terrible way, because they have so little to do beyond donating money most are resigned to enabling Netanyahu’s path toward self-destruction.

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