Shlomo Gazit filled many roles during his military career, most famously, it seems, head of the Military Intelligence Directorate. However, his most notable legacy is designing the Israeli policy in the occupied territories as an “enlightened occupation,” a regime that aims to make Palestinians’ daily lives as comfortable as possible, while staunchly suppressing any attempt at political resistance. As part of this concept, Gazit designed and developed several of the practices Israel has used, and continues to use, throughout the occupation –  including expulsions and home demolitions.

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Davis Institute interview with Shlomo Gazit
April 26, 1985