Wednesday, November 08, 2006

WHO MURDERED YITZHAK RABIN? - Chapter 5: "How did They miss Amir at the Rally?"


Chapter Five: "How did They miss Amir at the Rally?"

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 upcoming 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]

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Chapter Five: "How did They miss Amir at the Rally?"

One of the questions the media asked after the assassination is how the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] missed identifying Amir in the sterile area where he "shot" Rabin. The first answer given by the Shabak was that because of the thick crowd, it was impossible to pick out Amir.

The "amateur film" purportedly made by Ronnie Kempler put that lie to rest. Amir is shown alone standing by a potted plant for long minutes without another soul in sight for yards around him. The only people who are filmed
talking to him are two uniformed policemen.

Under normal circumstances, the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] would have prevented Amir from getting anywhere near the rally itself -- and had he somehow gained access to the sterile area, he would have been apprehended on the spot -- because the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] had lots of information that Amir was planning to assassinate Rabin.

Take the famous case of Shlomi Halevy, a reserve soldier in the I.D.F.'s Intelligence Brigade and a fellow student of Amir's at Bar-Ilan University. After being informed that Amir was talking about killing Rabin, he [Halevy] reported the information to his superior officer in the brigade. He [the superior officer] told Halevy to go to the police immediately.

Halevy told them that "A short Yemenite in Eyal was boasting that he was going to assassinate Rabin". The police took Halevy very seriously and transferred his report to the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] where it was not "discovered" until three days after Rabin's assassination.

The weekly newsmagazine Yerushalayim on September 22, 1996 managed to convince Halevy to give his first interview since the discovery of his report and the subsequent media fallout. The magazine noted:

Yerushaliyim, September 22, 1996

Halevy's and other reports of Amir's intentions which gathered dust in Shabak [Israel General Security Services] files have fueled numerous conspiracy theories...After the uproar, Halevy went into hiding.

"Shlomi Halevy, if you did the right thing why have you hidden from the public?"

Halevy: "The assassination is a sore point with the Shabak. They're big and I'm little. I don't know what they could do to me".

Halevy was the most publicized case because as a soldier in the Intelligence Brigade, the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] was absolutely required to take his evidence seriously as did the police. But Halevy was not the only informant.

Yediot Ahronot, November 12, 1995

A number of weeks before the Rabin assassination, the Shabak received information about the existence of Yigal Amir and his intention to murder Yitzhak Rabin.

Yediot Ahronot was informed that one of the Eyal activists arrested last week was interrogated for being a possible co-conspirator with Yigal Amir because the assassin's brother Haggai had mentioned him [the Eyal activist] in his [Haggai's] own interrogation. At the beginning of his interrogation, the suspect broke out into bitter tears and told a tale that was initially viewed with tongue in cheek by the interrogators.

Weeks before the murder, the suspect heard Amir speak his intentions and he was shocked. He was torn between informing the authorities and betraying his fellows, so he chose a middle route. He would give away Amir's intentions without naming him.

After some hesitation, he informed a police intelligence officer about Amir's plan in detail, stopping just short of identifying him or his address. He told where Amir studied and described him as a "Short, dark Yemenite with curly

The description was passed along the police communications network and classified as important. The information was also passed to the Shabak [Israel General Security Services], officers of which subsequently took a statement from the suspect. Because he was in a delicate position, neither the police or Shabak [Israel General Security Services] pressed him further.

While interrogated, the suspect named the police and Shabak [Israel General Security Services] officers and his story checked out. He was then released. Shabak [Israel General Security Services] officials confirmed that the man had previously given them a description of Amir and his plan to murder Rabin.


Ma'ariv, November 19, 1995

Hila Frank knew Amir well from her studies at Bar Ilan. After the assassination, she hired a lawyer and told him that she had heard Amir state his intention to murder Rabin well before the event. As a member of the campus Security Committee, she organized anti-government demonstrations.

Thus, she was torn between exposing Amir's intentions and the interests of the state. To overcome the dilemma, she passed on her information to Shlomi Halevy, a reserve soldier in the Intelligence Brigade who promised that it would be
given to the right people.


Yerushalayim, November 17, 1995

Why wasn't a drawing of Amir based on Halevy's description distributed to the Prime Minister's security staff? Why didn't they interrogate other Eyal activists to discover who the man threatening to kill the prime minister was?


Yediot Ahronot, November 10, 1995

A month and a half before the assassination, journalist Yaron Kenner pretended to be a sympathizer and spent two days at a study sabbath in Hebron organized by Yigal Amir.

"Who organized this event?" I asked. He pointed to Yigal Amir...He had invited 400 and over 540 arrived. This caused organizational havoc.

"When Amir spoke, people quieted down, testifying to some charisma. On the other hand, his soft tone and unimpressive stature wouldn't have convinced anyone to buy even a popsicle from him".


Ma'ariv, December 12, 1995

During his "Identity Weekends," hundreds of people heard Amir express his radical thoughts, amongst which were his biblical justifications for the murder of Rabin.


Yediot Ahronot, November 24, 1995

Yigal Amir turned into an object of attention for the Shabak beginning six months ago when he started organizing study weekends in Kiryat Arba and they requested a report on him. Raviv prepared the report.


Ma'ariv, November 24, 1995

A carful of Bar-Ilan students were driving from Tel Aviv when they heard the announcement of Rabin's shooting on the radio. They played a game, each thinking of five people who might have done it. Yigal Amir was on all their lists.

How could the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] have missed Yigal Amir at the rally unless they did so on purpose? Yigal Amir did not keep his intentions to assassinate Rabin a secret. He told many hundreds of people gathered at his study weekends and seems to have told everyone within hearing distance at Bar-Ilan University.

Besides the question of Amir's most un-murderer-like desire to let the world know his plans, we must ask why the Shabak [Israel General Security Services] didn't apprehend him. Yes, they knew about him. The proof is indisputable. Two people, one within Eyal, the other a soldier in the Intelligence Brigade told them. Their own agent Avishai Raviv heard his threats, along with hundreds of other people at the study weekends and reported them to his superiors.

So why didn't they arrest him well before the rally, outside the rally or within the sterile zone? Because wittingly or not, Yigal Amir was working for the Shabak [Israel General Security Services].

Shabbat Shalom from Modi'in,

Mr. Barry Chamish