Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Ex-Mossad Chief Warns: ‘Israel’ at Risk of ‘Civil War’
“The internal threat must worry us more than the external threat,” Pardo said in his first public remarks since stepping down as the spy agency director in January.
“If a divided society goes beyond a certain point, you can end up, in extreme circumstances, with phenomena like civil war. To my regret, the distance [until we reach that point] is shrinking. I fear that we are going in that direction,” Pardo told a press conference in the northern Druze town of Daliyat al-Carmel.
He said that “there was to unite than divide,” adding: “some people in Israel sought the intensity that came with division, and there are some for whom it’s comfortable to emphasize that which divides and not that which unites. I can’t put my finger on a group or a leader. It exists within all the country’s groups.”
Asked whether the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solvable, Pardo replied in the affirmative, adding that a two-state solution would “ultimately be implemented.”
Pardo noted meanwhile, that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state is crucial to region-wide peace in the Middle East, joining the ranks of retired security men to urge the government to seek a two-state solution.
“In my opinion, we won’t be able to reach any agreement with any country beyond what we have now if we don’t solve the Palestinian issue,” he said.
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