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Jerusalem – Last year, a top Israeli general’s comments during the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day address sparked controversy when he likened the atmosphere in modern day Israel to 1930’s Nazi Germany. Now, the outgoing IDF Deputy Chief has doubled down on his remarks and in an interview this week, defended his controversial speech.

“If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016,” Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, the Israeli army’s deputy chief of staff said.

As the Times of Israel reports, Golan, speaking in a new video interview produced by the military, said he “didn’t realize it would go to the very political place that it went,” but added that he “doesn’t take back the remarks.”

Golan went on to note that Israel  — “as a light unto the nations” — has a responsibility to maintain “moral superiority.”

“Morality is you compared to you. You compared to your standards, not to those around you. Around [Israel], there are murderous people who don’t hesitate to kill one another in fear-inducing quantities. That should give us no repose,” he said.

“On this issue, we shouldn’t cut ourselves any slack,” Golan added.

The reaction from Israeli hardliners to Golan’s comments highlighted the deep divisions within Israeli society on what is one of the country’s most solemnly revered days.

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Nationalist Jewish home party leader and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on Golan to revise his comments or be seen as comparing Israeli soldiers to Nazis. However, he refused and stood strong for over a year — in spite of the backlash.

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Sadly, Bennett fails to understand that’s precisely what Maj. Gen. Golan was implying in 2016, as he implored those in power “to fundamentally rethink how we, here and now, behave towards the other.”

“The Holocaust, in my view, must lead us to deep soul-searching about the nature of man,” Golan said. “It must bring us to conduct some soul-searching as to the responsibility of leadership and the quality of our society. It must lead us to fundamentally rethink how we, here and now, behave towards the other.”

“There is nothing easier and simpler than fear-mongering and threatening. There is nothing easier and simpler than in behaving like beasts, becoming morally corrupt, and sanctimoniousness.”

“On Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is worthwhile to ponder our capacity to uproot the first signs of intolerance, violence, and self-destruction that arise on the path to moral degradation,” Golan said.

During his original speech, Golan referenced the Hebron incident, in which an IDF soldier was filmed executing an already incapacitated Palestinian assailant that was lying on the ground defenseless.

The soldier in question, Sgt. Elor Azaria, was arrested and brought up on manslaughter charges by a military tribunal for the killing — a move that has been met with ferocious opposition by Zionists who claim that the brazen execution was somehow justified.

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Hard-liners accused the military of abandoning the soldier by indicting him for manslaughter, and polls showed most Jewish Israelis shared the sentiment. Many Israeli Jews also now openly oppose the equal rights of the one-fifth of the country’s 8 million citizens who are Arabs — who, in turn, are growing increasingly alienated from the Jewish state, according to the AP.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, after Golan’s speech to express displeasure, according to The Haaretz daily.

The Israeli military then issued a clarification, claiming Golan did not intend to compare Israel and its army to “the horrors” of Nazi Germany. “This is an absurd and baseless comparison that he never would have made and it was never his intention to criticize the Israeli government,” the Israeli military said.

Regardless of how the Israeli government spun Golan’s words or pressured him to rebuke his comments, they clearly reveal a grave concern about the increasingly callous manner in which Palestinians are being treated and the path that these actions will ultimately lead Israeli society down.

Having such rationale and logic, Golan said he was surprised that the political leaders and large chunk of the population reacted the way they did.

“I thought I was saying things that were clear, that every reasonable person would say, ‘Hey, he said what had to be said.’ I didn’t think I was saying something that was blatantly controversial,” he said.

As the Times of Israel reports, eloquent in both Hebrew and English, Golan holds a master’s degree from Harvard University. He was wounded but continued to command during a shootout with Hezbollah fighters in 1997 and is a well-regarded officer in the IDF, holding a number of top positions in his 37-year career.

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From ISIS to America, the state is able to convince their enforcers to commit horrid acts in their name — all the while their subjects cheering it on as patriotism. In spite of Golan’s dedication to the IDF, he is still able to see the potential for such destruction and his words should be considered by all countries.

Throughout history, very small groups of humans have been able to convince very large groups of humans to carry out evil and immoral acts of murder and abuse. It’s time to stop this.

While the citizens bash each other over silly issues of right vs. left or Islam vs. Christianity, those at the top get richer, more powerful and more tyrannical.

Race has disconnected us, religion has separated us, politics has divided us, and wealth has classified us. It is time we shatter this paradigm and see each other as humans — not flags, crosses, or classes. If we don’t, humanity’s short time on this planet will inevitably be brought to a violent end.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Who can blame them they have endured far too much persecution. Time Netanyahu pressed that big red button.

    • Simon Tucker

      So you advocate the genocide of the indigenous population because they object to having had their lands and livelihoods stolen by a bunch of persecuted Europeans backed up by the weapons of western military powers? I reckon that makes you as bad as Hitler, his acolytes and his murdering militia.

  • Just4You

    To a militaristic occupation, calls for reason & peace sound absurd

  • Strawman

    “From ISIS to America, the state is able to convince their enforcers to commit horrid acts in their name — all the while their subjects cheering it on as patriotism.”

    And so it goes. For it is always “us” against “them,” and “we” are ever the good guys. Atrocities committed in our name are therefore inevitably referred to as “regrettable but necessary collateral damage.”

    How laughably easy we make it for demagogues and autocrats to hold sway.

  • a.c.hall

    one fifth of all Israelis are Muslim Arabs. But they are treated like Blacks used to be in South Africa; 2nd Class Citizens with No Property Rights.

    • lawmanjed

      There are many Arab-Israelis who own land, many who are on their families’ land for thousands of years. This kind of propaganda does not help the situation.
      P.S. – Are there Jews living as “1st class citizens” in ANY of the 22 Islamic states in the middle-east/N.Africa region? No. But Arab/Muslim-Israeli enjoy the same religious and personal rights as any other Israeli, they have a secular govt.
      P.P.S. – What happened to the millions and millions of Christians, Jews, and other religions that populated this entire region before Islamic hordes took over a few centuries back? The Muslims forcefully converted and murdered millions. The violence imposed by Jews onto Muslims is literally not even a drop in the bucket compared to how many Jews (not to mention Christians) that the Muslims have killed, tortured, etc. That said, Israel is the light unto the nations, not Islam. Islam is fine with violence, as long as they are the ones doing it. Judaism is not, we hold ourselves to a higher standard, and we must continue to do so, and so must Israel. Israel especially must follow The Lord. No nation, no man is above The Most High.

  • John C Carleton

    There is no Israhell, only occupied Palestine, which people are being Holocusted.

    • lawmanjed

      You’re obviously don’t know, or care, about history if you believe that.
      Please leave this open-minded intellectual website if all you can do is troll with hate and ad hominem crap. It makes the rest of us look bad. Maybe that’s your goal? Rarely do I hear any honest constructive debate from the anti-Israel crowd, just off-putting hateful lies and obnoxious propaganda.
      Why won’t you engage in an intelligent conversation? You will certainly not concede factual points.
      Matt Agorist attempted to bring to light an important discussion and topic. It is quite clear that many if not most Israelis do not support unjust, unprovoked violence whether it is instigated by their neighboring counties, Hamas or their own forces. It is not unlike the USA or Russia, in that regard. Except Russian dissent is crushed internally, which is why you never hear Russians criticize their govt anymore.
      P.S. – Every country in the world is controlled to at least some degree by the “New World Order” secret society elites. All roads lead to Rome, not “Zionism”, which you will refuse to define anyway.
      Are there NWO “Jewish” in-name-only task-masters who are really Luciferians who’ve been put in charge of a large portion of the “NWO” control apparatus, such as the world’s FIAT monetary system (Rothschilds, for example)? Yes, and they work for Rome. Do a little research on who owns the THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA INC. THe District of Columbia was originally named Rome, Maryland. Coincidence? Both are on a river or tributary named ‘The Tiber’, both have 7 hills with identical names, and DC uses Roman architecture. Rome is pagan, not Christian. Even the Egyptian Pharaoh had Hebrew task-masters enslaving their own people 4000 years ago, but that didn’t stop the true remnant of Hebrew believers from starting the original Liberty Movement, The Exodus, and carrying to the gentile world this concept of One God, and His Moral Law above all men, the basis of individual rights and just law, boiled down to concepts like “Love thy neighbor” popularized by the King of the Jews, aka Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, aka Jesus Christ. So unless you are a Satanic globalist elite you are hating on the wrong people.