Gillon: 'Occupation' to Blame for 'Ugly' Behavior

Former Shin Bet chief dissastisfied with election results, says 'occupation' to blame for phenomenon of ugly, violent Israeli behavior.

Shimon Cohen, Cynthia Blank ,

Carmi Gillon
Carmi Gillon
Arutz Sheva

Former Shin Bet chief Carmi Gillon has joined other left-wing notables in expressing his dissatisfaction with results of last month's general elections, but added that he accepts the will of the voters. 

Instead of outright attacking right-wing voters, as actress Anat Waxman controversially did last Sunday, Gillon made the claim that the "occupation" of Judea and Samaria had manifested itself in ugly, agressive behavior. 

In an interview for Globes, Gillon described the election results as more than just a loss, rather a "defeat," particularly for former senior defense officials who had mobilized for Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog. 

He then attacked Prime Minister Binyamin, arguing he is "not good" for Israel, but acknowledged that the public had spoken otherwise, and that their decision must be accepted. 

As mentioned, during the interview, Gillon also suggested that the "occupation," among other factors, was responsible for the phenomenon of the "ugly Israel" as characterized by violence and aggression.

"It is not good for the State of Israel to continue sitting in the territories. Point. And the heads of security institutions, the chiefs of staff and the generals, are complicit. Almost without exception. The occupation corrupts and it shows - violence in nightclubs, in the behavior of the ugly Israeli in the latest clips. There's a very violent atmosphere here. Occupation is destroying us," he asserted.

A clip to which Gillon is likely referring, coincedentally also utilized by Waxman in her rant, is the infamous "chocolate" video in which two drunk Israeli couples harassed an air steward who did not serve them chocolate when they demanded it.

Despite personal criticism of Netanyahu, Gillon shared his disapproval of the nuclear deal being hammered out between Iran and the P5+1 powers. 

"Regarding the Iran deal, there is no argument, At the present situation of the agreement, according to what we know, it is really a terrible agreement," Gillon stated. 

"I don't understand what more the Iranians need to do in order for them [the Untied States, etc.] to understand that Iran is the number one enemy of the West."