“There has been no democracy there for 57 years. There is absolute apartheid,” former Commander Amiram Levin said in an interview with the Reshet Bet radio station.
Levin, who headed the Northern Command of the Israeli Armed Forces years ago, alluded to the occupation of the area after the Six-Day War in 1967.
“I don’t feel sorry for the Palestinians, I feel sorry for us. We are killing ourselves from within,” he ensured.
The retired military criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies, backed by the most radical side of his government.
“A messianic criminal group leveraged his weakness, people who do not even understand what democracy is since they came from the West Bank and do not know what democracy is,” he referred to the pro-colonial sector in the Executive.
Known for their expansionist strategies and racist and anti-Arab stances, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich lead the hawks in the Netanyahu administration.
The Army “against its will has to enforce sovereignty there (in the West Bank) and is waiting and watching the rampant settlers and is beginning to become war crime accomplices,” Levin underscored in an effort to justify those military attacks.
In 2017, the general said in an interview with the Maariv journal that the Palestinians deserved the occupation.