Thursday, November 30, 2006

"WHO MURDERED YITZHAK RABIN?" Chapter Seven: "From the Mouth of the Shabak"


Chapter Seven: "From the Mouth of the Shabak

copyright (c) 1998, 2006, by Mr. Barry Chamish

R&B Editor's Notes:

"Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin?":
The Root & Branch Information Services is serializing the book Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin?, by Mr. Barry Chamish, with permission of the author, to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (November 4, 1995 -- November 4, 2006).

The Bible Says:

"How is the faithful city [Jerusalem] become a harlot. She that was full of justice, righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers. Your silver is become dross, your wine is mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; every one loves bribes, and follows after rewards; they judge not the fatherless, neither does the cause of the widow come to them.

Therefore, says the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: Ah, I will ease Me of My adversaries, and avenge Me of My enemies; and I will turn My hand upon you, and purge away your dross as with lye, and will take away all your allow; and I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counsellors as at the beginning; afterward you [Jerusalem] shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed with justice, and they who return of her with righteousness.

But the destruction of the transgressors and the sinners shall be together, and they who forsake the Lord shall be consumed. For they shall be ashamed of the terebinths which you have desired, and you shall be confounded for the garden that you have chosen. For you shall be as a terebinth whose leaf fades, and as a garden that has no water. And the strong shall be as tow, and his work as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them".

[Yeshayahu/Isaiah 1:21-31]

YERUSHALIYIM, Israelite Tribal Territories of Judah and Benjamin, Kingdom of David and Solomon, United Israelite Kingdom of Judah and Joseph, Tenth Day, Ninth Month ("Kislev"), 5767; Yom Chamishi (Fifth Day of the Week/"Thurs"-day, November 30, 2006), Root & Branch Information Services

Chapter Seven: "From the Mouth of the Shabak"

After the assassination, the head of the Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services), Carmi Gillon, his two officers in charge of Jewish "radicals" and their agent, Avishai Raviv, found themselves in deep, hot water. The post-assassination plan hit a snag; someone had leaked the truth about Raviv.

Gillon's first step was to appoint his own internal commission of "inquiry", but the public saw through the trick. This forced the government to appoint its own commission of "inquiry" headed by Chief Justice Shamgar who made a show of trying to get to the truth. He turned up the heat by sending letters to seven Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services) officers, including Gillon and Jewish Activities Department head Khezi Kalo but pointedly not his [Kalo's] colleague, Eli Barak, who oversaw the Raviv operation. He [Shamgar] informed each [Shabak officer] that they were liable for criminal prosecution.

Some of their [Shabakofficers'] testimony leaked out to the public, though 30% remains buried in a vault for supposed "state-security" reasons. But from what little did escape from the mouths of the Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services), we get a hint of the mentality of the men at the top charged with protecting Yitzhak Rabin from Yigal Amir.

From Carmi Gillon's 1990 master's thesis:

There is a radicalization of the ideological law violations of the extreme right regarding the amount of activity and the force of this activity. Israeli society displays tolerance toward ideological lawbreakers of the extreme right and this grants, albeit belatedly, legitimacy to these activities.


Yediot Ahronot, November 10, 1995

A group of journalists met Carmi Gillon at the end of August. Among other things, he painted a portrait of a potential Jewish assassin of the Prime Minister. Without knowing it, he described Yigal Amir perfectly. He would be someone who didn't live in the territories, said the Shabak head, he will not be a joiner but an almost wise loner, who lives in Herzlea.


From Carmi Gillon's master's thesis:

The process of extremism in Israeli society is creating individuals who will ignore danger in pursuit of their goals.


Yediot Ahronot, November 20, 1995

Quotes from the head of the Shabak at the Shamgar Commission are teaching us his defense. He is calling Amir a "lone nut" who awoke one day and decided to murder the prime minister without anyone's help. He claims nuts like these are very hard to identify so the murder was not caused by an "intelligence breakdown".

This is a very serious defense. Although Amir has testified that he worked alone, other evidence suggests that three or four other people were in on the secret. Amir was not exactly anti-social. Gillon's "lone nut" theory does not make sense.

Yediot Ahronot, November 24, 1995

The head of the Shabak had no doubt who the assassin was. The moment he was informed of the close-range shooting, by long distance phone, his first reaction was, "It was a Jew".

Avraham Rotem, former head of Personal Security for the Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services) asks himself a few questions:

Ma'ariv, November 10, 1995

Where was the head of the Shabak last Saturday night? Abroad. What was he doing there? Not known. Something urgent. What's more urgent than protecting the life of the prime minister? He didn't know someone was going to murder Rabin.

Aah, he didn't know? So why is it written in the papers that a few months ago he warned Rabin that someone from the extreme right was planning to assassinate him? And then he went to the heads of the political parties to give the same warning and request that they prevent incitement to murder? You can't tell the prime minister that someone is going to murder him and then go back to routine security procedures.

It looks like Gillon knew the assassination was coming sometime around early September when he warned Rabin, political party heads and journalists of an impending murder of the prime minister by an almost-wise loner who does not live in the territories.

Forty-eight hours before the assassination Gillon felt impelled to fly to Paris, despite pleas from subordinates not to leave before the rally, on unknown "urgent" business. When told of the shooting, he knew immediately that "a Jew" did it.
Unfortunately for him [Gillon], he stuck to the original plan and, taking the Warren Commission findings to heart, he defended himself by calling Amir a "lone nut". But like Oswald, Amir was neither a loner nor a nut.

Despite this flimsy defense, and without asking the hard questions about his uncannily accurate predictions or what he was doing in Paris, Shamgar let Gillon off with a wrist slap.

Agent Kalo

He is the most mysterious Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services) figure surrounding the assassination, even his first name was never leaked into the media. It is known that Eli Barak, as head of the Jewish Department of the Shabak, ran Aviv, but no one has properly delineated Kalo's role. All we know is that he was Barak's immediate superior.

Ma'ariv, December 18, 1995

The Shamgar Commission has begun examining the contradictions between police testimony and that of Agent Kalo. They are asking how the Shabak reacted to information coming out of Bar-Ilan University and why the Shabak was ignorant of the Shabbat activities in Judea and Samaria organized by Yigal Amir with Avishai Raviv.


Yediot Ahronot, November 22, 1995

According to the head of the Department of Jewish Activities (Kalo) during six hours of testimony at the Shamgar Commission, the Shabak requested that Raviv supply them with an overview of Amir's activities three months before the assassination.

Raviv returned from his field duties and told them of Amir's intention to harm Arabs. Kalo testified, "Raviv didn't know Amir's real intentions and did not inform us of his [Amir's] plans to harm Jews, including the Prime Minister".

Ma'ariv, December 19, 1995

Among those most surprised by the warning letter from Shamgar was Kheshin, who believes the cause of Rabin's assassination was a security, not intelligence, breakdown. He [Kheshin] believes the warning to him [from Shamgar] was totally unjustified.

The head of the Jewish Activities Department [Barak] claims he knew nothing of Yigal Amir's threats to Rabin at Bar-Ilan University and received a report from his agent, Avishai Raviv, three months before the murder, which completely ignored those very threats -- threats which Raviv had heard on numerous occasions.

Instead, he [Kalo] was told Amir wanted to beat up Arabs. This was patently false. The frail Amir refused to participate in any of the many Arab-beating forays into Hebron led by Raviv until once, shortly before the assassination when he was fortuitously filmed in action.

Can anyone believe this story? If it is true, Raviv was deliberately hiding the truth about Amir from Kalo while other subordinates purposely kept the intelligence from Bar-Ilan University away from his [Kalo's] prying eyes.

Eli Barak

He was the head of The Non-Arab Anti-Subversives Unit of the Shabak, usually called the Jewish Department. Kalo was his superior officer, hinting that the Jewish Activities Department was separate from his [Kalo's] own. Because the thirty percent of the Shamgar Commission report hidden from the public includes information on the Shabak's departmental infrastructure, the exact nature of the chain of command is not known. And because Shamgar excluded Barak from testifying in open session for reasons known as coverup, not much of what he has to say has been released. But some testimony made it to the light of day.

Yediot Ahronot, November 20, 1995

According to the London newspaper, The Observer, high Israeli security officials claim that officers of the Shabak knew about Yigal Amir's intention to murder Yitzhak Rabin. The highest ranking officer who knew was Eli Barak, head of the Jewish Department, who didn't take Amir's "ridiculous plans" seriously. The newspaper doesn't explain why Barak didn't pass on Amir's threats to the head of the Shabak and that the answer to this will have to come out at the commission of inquiry.


Ma'ariv, November 27, 1995

Eli Barak, head of the department which deals with Jewish extremists, testified that Avishai Raviv didn't know that Yigal Amir intended to murder Yitzhak Rabin. He only reported that he was an activist at Bar-Ilan University. According to Barak, Amir decided on his own to murder Rabin and that no one could have stopped him.

The former head of the Mossad, Committee member Tzvi Zamir, asked Barak to explain why the Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services) did not act on Shlomi Halevy's report to the police that a short, Yemenite member of Eyal [phoney "right wing" Shabak-created front organization headed by Shabak agent Avishair Raviv] was threatening Rabin. The committee stressed that, because Halevi was a soldier of the Intelligence Brigade, red lights should have lit up.

Barak's answer was never published. The little tidbit we have of Barak suggests that he coordinated testimony with Gillon and pushed the "lone nut" theory. He [Barak] also seems to have had a good talk with Kalo, but with a difference. While Kalo claimed to have been ignorant of Amir's campus radicalism, Raviv chose to inform Barak about it. However, both agree that agent Raviv did not know Amir had any plans to murder Rabin.

Avishai Raviv

We know that Avishai Raviv was a Shabak (G.S.S./General Security Services) agent from at least 1987, when the Dean of Tel Aviv University, Itamar Rabinovitch, tried to expel him for extremist activities. Prime Minister Shamir sent his aide, Yossi Achimeir, to intervene with Rabinovitch on Raviv's behalf. Thus, at the time of the assassination Raviv had been in the Shabak for at least eight years and probably had risen to high rank.

But finding quotes from him [Raviv] that are not staged extremism is tough. In November, 1996, the news magazine Kol Ha'Ir tracked him [Raviv] down to his secret place of work in a Tel Aviv institute for autistic children. Why he has to work at all is a mystery, but presumably autistic children will not recognize him. He [Raviv] did not say much to the reporter but admitted, "No one would believe what I know and cannot tell". For presumably if he did, he would disappear for good.

We also know that he [Raviv] lied at the trial of Haggai Amir [Yigal Amir's brother]. He [Raviv] told the court, "I never worked for or was associated with the Shabak".

Finally, we also know the court system is rigged because it accepted the perjured testimony [of Avishai Raviv] without protest.

Shabbat Shalom from Modi'in,

Mr. Barry Chamish


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