“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.