Introduction by Ali Abunimah
Israeli General calls for "dictatorship" and restricting Arab birth rate.
Shlomo Gazit is said to be a "liberal" in Israeli terms and was involved
in the Oslo negotiations early on, but it appears that he would be quite
at home with other fascists.
"Establish a Dictatorship and Restrict Birth Rate"
Yedioth Ahronoth, March 26, 2001
by Amir Rappaport
hebrew link: www.ynet.co.il/articles/1,7340,L-623908,FF.html
Former IDF Intelligence Branch director Maj. Gen. (Res.) Shlomo Gazit
today recommends establishing a "non-democratic emergency regime" in
Israel that would act to limit the birth rate and give back the
territories due to the "demographic danger" they pose.
At the Jewish Agency Zionist Council conference, Gazit said that
"Israel is a terminal country that needs a dictatorship for a couple
of years." The conference was held over the weekend at Kibbutz
Ma'aleh Hahamisha near Jerusalem and was attended by senior figures
from various sectors all over the country. Minister Matan Vilnai also
talked about the school system and his words caused great
reverberations. Gazit was IDF Intelligence Branch director after the
Yom Kippur War and has served in public capacities since. Yesterday,
he detailed his remarks for Yedioth Ahronoth on the "demographic
danger" caused by the fact that the Jewish majority in Israel is not
expected to be maintained over time, due to the much higher
reproduction rate in the Arab sector.
Gazit said "the demographic danger is the most serious danger facing
Israel today. If we don't come to our senses on this issue and don't
take proper steps immediately, then within one generation, or at most
two, the State of Israel will cease to exist as a Jewish Zionist
state." Gazit said that the country needs an emergency regime, because
"unfortunately, the political system in Israel today, both from an
organizational standpoint as well as from the standpoint of political
parties, is unable to make decisions on this issue. So, under the
prevailing circumstances it seems that only an emergency regime and
abandoning the democratic game can perhaps resolve the problem. I
don't think this is realistic, but an emergency regime would have to
adopt a series of decisions that cannot be made with the present
system. In order to save the State of Israel and preserve a Jewish
majority, a decision must be made to evacuate the settlements en masse
and not by Barak's method, so that the permanent borders of the state
contain as few Arabs as possible. We erred in establishing these
settlements and now we must make the difficult decision to dismantle
As for restricting the birth rate, Gazit said: "I don't think there is
a law that can be applied only to Jews or only to Arabs. The birth
rate must be limited, instead of making laws increasing allowances for
large families such as that passed by the Knesset which in fact
encourages birth rates."
Gazit summed up: "I don't want to detail other plans of mine on how to
handle the demographic danger. I'm simply sounding a warning."