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Golan regrets calling Homesh settlers ‘subhuman’ but says they’re ‘despicable thugs’

Meretz party MK Yair Golan during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Meretz party MK Yair Golan during a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Deputy Economy Minister Yair Golan of the left-wing Meretz party backtracks on his remark today calling Jewish settlers residing in an illegal outpost in the northern West Bank “subhuman,” following major backlash against him.

However, Golan adds that he stands behind the essence of his argument against the actions of the settlers of Homesh, calling them “despicable thugs.”

“I regret the remark which may have used a problematic phrase, it was out of anger and that can happen during an interview,” Golan says in an interview with Channel 12 news.

But Golan goes on to say that “the problem isn’t my remarks, it is a gang that systematically and consistently harms innocents, property, IDF soldiers and policemen and desecrates graves.”

“I have fought Palestinian terror my whole life. I don’t need to be taught what it is, but I think the danger from within is greater than the dangers from outside. We Jews in Israel must uproot this evil,” Golan says.

He adds that he “regrets” the criticism toward him by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, saying he supports the current diverse government and has good relations with all its parties, including the right-wing ones.

But he declines to take back past comments he has made calling Bennett and Shaked “fascist,” saying: “I am not ignoring anyone’s past, but I’m looking toward the future and I know what the alternatives are. This government is the best alternative for Israel. The other option is a corrupt leadership that cooperates with the far-right and ultra-Orthodox.”

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