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Yitzhak Pundak: 100 Year Old Israeli General “Proud” of his Role in Nakba, Razing Villages

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Yitzhak Pundak

From the “most moral army in the world”: Mr. Pundak believes it wasn’t “unnecessarily cruel” to raze Palestinian villages but he drew the line with Ariel Sharon on “killing enemy fighters” in exchange for “a glass of champagne.” (h/t: Awda)

War crimes anyone?

100-Year-Old General: We Razed Arab Villages, So What?

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak is celebrating his hundredth birthday. Pundak was the commander of the 53rd Battalion of the Givati Brigade in the War of Independence and went on to supervise the establishment of the Armored Corps. He was also Ambassador in Tanzania and a founder of Arad.

In an interview on IDF Radio, Pundak confirmed that forces under his command razed Arab villages in 1948. “My conscience is at ease with that, because if we hadn’t done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs,” he said.

Asked why he still finds it so important to lecture to soldiers, at his advanced age, he explained: “Just like in 1948, the country is in a state of danger – and if the Jews do not fight as we did in the War of Independence, the state is in danger.” He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.

“When there is a war, people unite,” he explained. “Afterward, they form parties and become divided.”

He spoke with pain of the 145 soldiers who were killed under his command over the years, and said that if they woke up miraculously and saw the divided country of today, “they would run back to their graves.”

And yet, when asked if he feels proud of his country, he said that his pride runs “as high as the rooftop.”

Pundak, who was the governor of Gaza in the early 1970s, said that the credit that is usually given to Ariel Sharon for stopping Arab terror in Gaza in 1971 is mistaken. He said that Sharon was an unnecessarily cruel commander who once said at a meeting with officers that he would offer champagne to whoever killed an enemy fighter – and whoever brings him a wounded enemy “will drink soda.”

He said: “I told him, ‘You are not my commander, I am not coming to your meetings.’”

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  • JD

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  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Most of the generals were secular Zionists who weren’t particularly religious.

  • Sam Seed

    Sad really, he is celebrating his 100th b’day but his soul had departed along time ago.

  • JD

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  • JD

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  • JD

    Amie Maybe it is Maybe its not but No one here special me is a Christian Scholar who has a academic background in religious studies or Christianity to make that point. No one here knows context time or reason _________ was said. That is the same thing anti muslims do

  • Amie

    Why are we surprised at this? The Old Testament is full of descriptions of war and how Jewish armies committed genocides of non-Jewish tribes. In one passage I read, Jewish armies devastated villages, killed men, raped women and girls, and even murdered domestic animals. If today’s Jewish army is to learn warfare from the OT, then hey… that is where they got it from. Unfortunately.

  • mindy1

    *sigh*

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