Tamir Pardo, head of the Mossad from 2011 to 2016, has publicly claimed that the “ugly and racist parties” in Netanyahu’s coalition are similar to the notorious white American group Ku Klux Klan, perpetrator of numerous racist crimes.
“Netanyahu took the Ku Klux Klan and put it in government,” he said in an interview with Kan public radio on Thursday.
When asked if he was referring to far-right ministers Itamar Ben-Gvir, Bezalel Smotrich and Yitzhak Wasserlauf, he replied: “Of course”.
“Worse than that, I don’t want to go into examples from the 1930s,” he said, pointing to Smotrich’s comments that the Palestinian town of Huwwara — which suffered a pogrom from settlers — should to be “annihilated”.
Many of the laws passed by this government are equivalent to “anti-Semitic laws” and would be labeled as such if passed in any other country, he added.
In particular, he criticized the racist law passed by the Israeli parliament on Tuesday which broadens the power of “admissions committees” to reject from their cities candidates they deem “unsuitable”.
He also considered that the massive refusal of reservists to serve in the army did not constitute an “existential threat”, given “Israel’s relative strength in the region”. However, he warned that “if we lose high technology, doctors, academia, we won’t have a country,” or at least Israel will become a third world country.
Words of a former head of the secret services known for their atrocities, including extra-judicial executions, and in power during the massacres in Gaza in 2014, which he undoubtedly considered very democratic…