Yair Golan: The Right-Wing is Neither Jewish nor Zionist

Comments come amid past controversial statements attributed to Golan

Yair Golan (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Yair Golan
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Democratic Union MK Democratic Union MK Yair Golan made a series of comments attacking the Israeli Right in a television interview to HaTzinor, firstly arguing that the “Right-wing in neither Jewish nor Zionist, later expanding on his point directly, noting that “[They] forgot what it is to be Zionists, [they] forgot what it is to be Jews." "They did nothing for the security of the state like I did" “I tell right-wing activists: oppressing another is not Jewish,” Golan mentioned. On addressing the comparison between the Israeli Left and Right, Golan said that “the extreme left did not murder a prime minister." Golan has been known to make controversial comments in the past. On Holocaust Day in 2016, Golan made a controversial speech allegedly drawing parallels between Israel and Nazi Germany, saying “if there is one thing that is scary in remembering the Holocaust, it is noticing horrific processes which developed in Europe – particularly in Germany – 70, 80, and 90 years ago, and finding remnants of that here (in Israel) among us in the year 2016.” More recently, in an interview with Radio 101.5 FM two months ago, Golan said that “Nazis came to power democratically." "And so we have to be careful inside, be careful, because extremists with a messianic view will not take advantage of Israeli democracy to create another governing reality here," he further added. ">Yair Golan made a series of comments attacking the Israeli Right in a television interview to HaTzinor, firstly arguing that the “Right-wing in neither Jewish nor Zionist," later expanding on his point directly, noting that “[They] forgot what it is to be Zionists, [they] forgot what it is to be Jews... They did nothing for the security of the state like I did"
Golan added: “I tell right-wing activists: oppressing another is not Jewish.”
On addressing the comparison between the Left and Right, Golan said that the extreme Left did not murder a prime minister."
Golan has been known to make controversial comments in the past. On Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2016, Golan made a controversial speech allegedly drawing parallels between Israel and Nazi Germany, saying: “If there is one thing that is scary in remembering the Holocaust, it is noticing horrific processes that developed in Europe – particularly in Germany – 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and finding remnants of that here [in Israel] among us in the year 2016.”
More recently, in an interview with Radio 101.5 FM two months ago, Golan said that “Nazis came to power democratically."
He further added: "And so we have to be careful inside, be careful, because extremists with a messianic view will not take advantage of Israeli democracy to create another governing reality here."