Thursday, December 07, 2006



Chapter Eight: "The Plan that was not used"

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, Sixteenth Day, Ninth Month ("Kislev"), 5767; Yom Chamishi (Fifth Day of the Week/"Thurs"-day, December 7, 2006),2006), Root & Branch Information Services

Chapter Eight: "The Plan that was not used"

The Shabak's [G.S.S./General Security Services] explanation for the failure to protect Rabin at Kikar Malchei Yisrael (Kings of Israel Square) was that they had no contingency plans to protect the Prime Minister against a lone gunman. The reasoning that no one can stop a determined maverick assassin was employed by Shabak chief Carmi Gillon, and it flowed down from him through the ranks.

Seventeen months after the assassination, the excuse was shattered to bits in an interview for Anashim (People) magazine by two former officers of the Shabak's [G.S.S./General Security Services] personal security unit, Tuvia Livneh and Yisrael Shai.

The opening paragraph reads:

For the first time since the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, two former officers of the unit assigned to protect him are speaking out. They are aghast at the behavior of their successors in the unit who failed to prevent the murder and the ease with which the assassin, Yigal Amir, entered the sterile zone and shot at the former prime minister from arm's length. For the past seventeen months, not a day has passed when the thought does not occur to them that the murder would not have happened had they not stood down.

"With us, Rabin would not have been murdered", says Tuvia Livneh.

"When Yisrael and I heard the news of the murder we became infuriated at the fact that there was no contingency plan for just such an attempt, which we practiced endless times".

The report continues:

This is not a case of wisdom after the fact, but scandalous wisdom well before the event, which is being published for the first time: When the two commanded the unit at the beginning of the 1990s, they prepared a detailed contingency plan for a political assassination at Kikar Malchei Yisrael (Kings of Israel Square), including the possibility that the assassin would act from the exit stairs behind the stage, precisely where Yigal Amir waited for Yitzhak Rabin. The plan was transferred to field command where it was practised in dry runs.

So much for Carmi Gillon's insistence that no contingency plan existed for an assassination attempt at Kikar Malchei Yisrael (Kings of Israel Square). An exact contingency plan existed, so exact in fact that one wonders if it was used in reverse.

Shabak [G.S.S./General Security Services] officers had rehearsed an assassination attempt "endless times" at the precise spot Amir awaited Rabin. Not only were they not likely caught off guard, they were uniquely prepared to prevent the assassination...if they had wanted to.

The article continues:

What pains Livneh and Shai no less, is that Amir remained alive and well despite shooting three bullets in peace and quiet. A basic principle of theirs was that even if an anonymous killer penetrates the first line of defense and gets off a shot one way or another at the prime minister or anyone else, it will be his last shot. Immediately after Amir's first shot, the prime minister's bodyguards had to take two actions, both of which had been rehearsed an infinite number of times first, the prime minister had to be covered by the guards' bodies and rushed away; second, the assassin had to be shot.

Films of other political assassinations, for instance those of Ronald Reagan and Anwar Sadat, showed that the bodyguards followed those rules; but in Israel, which is considered an exporter of superb security systems throughout the world, the killer managed to shoot the prime minister three times, one shot more damaging than the next, and he remained standing happily on his feet, alive throughout.

Anashim (People) magazine is not the first publication to ask why Rabin's bodyguards did not shoot Amir. The only plausible answer is that they were told not to ahead of time. What makes this report especially significant is that it comes from the highest ranks of the Shabak [G.S.S./General Security Services] and it insists that Rabin was shot three times, each shot more damaging.

This coincides with information we will examine later: The announcement of Health Minister Ephraim Sneh on the night of the murder that Rabin was shot three times, including once in the chest; and it corroborates a brief to the Supreme Court of Israel in July, 1996, from a witness who testified that an Ichilov Hospital pathologist told him he found three bullet holes in Rabin's body.

The reporter says to Livneh, "For years you trained your people to kill the assassin but when the real thing happened, they did not do a thing".

Livneh replies, "I suppose that when an unknown man shouted, 'They are blanks', he stopped the guards in their tracks".

Livneh is looking for an excuse to explain the failures of the bodyguards. What he finds is a non-starter. However, he does acknowledge that it was not Amir who did the shooting. This corroborates Amir's own testimony.

Shortly after Amir was arrested, a police interrogator asked him:

"Did you shout that the bullets were blanks?"

"Why would I do that?" Amir replied.

"To throw the bodyguards off your trail. To temporarily confuse them".

"An interesting idea", Amir replied, "But I did not do it".

In fact, as will be illustrated, "Srak, srak", meaning "They are blanks, blanks", was far from the only thing shouted after the shooting. Bodyguards yelled a variety of similar sentences including:

"It was nothing".

"It is an exercise".

"It is not real".


"Toy gun" (etc.)

But Livneh continues with his thesis:

"I stress that I have no personal information, but it is reasonable to assume that one of Amir's co-conspirators, whether known or unknown, stood near him in the crowd and aided him in this way. Or maybe it was Amir, after all".

Since Amir could not have shouted from eight or nine different locations, it was not him. If there were other conspirators, they would have had to have been bodyguards.

The article continues:

Livneh and Shai were pleased when the Shamgar Commission was formed and waited patiently to be called to testify. Both were considered the leading experts on personal security in the country; both served for years in the unit and were the personal bodyguards of such central figures as Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Ezer Weizmann and of Rabin himself during his first term in office; both knew the service inside out and rose through the ranks until they became its commanders, first Livneh, then Shai.

But the Shamgar Commission ignored them completely. Both have strong suspicions about why. However, at this point, they refuse to publicly elaborate.

The most likely reason, of course, is that Livneh and Shai would have given honest testimony that would have destroyed the credibility of the version of events given by the Shabak [G.S.S./General Security Services] officers who failed to protect Rabin.

Livneh concludes with a hint of what he would have testified:

"There was nothing new about the murder, nothing we had not taken into account in the past. The fact that the murderer was able to complete his mission was the humiliating fault of those responsible for personal security that night. That is all I am willing to say".

Yet not one Shabak [G.S.S./General Security Services] officer responsible for Rabin's security was tried, court-martialled, or imprisoned. The worst punishment meted out was forced resignation. That only led to a career advancement for the ultimate head of Rabin's personal security, Carmi Gillon. He left the Shabak and was later appointed to head the Foreign Ministry's negotiations with the Palestinians.

After negotiations, Gillon turned down the appointment. However, the fact remains that the man who offered him the job was the Likud Foreign Minister, David Levy.

The cover-up continued into the new government.

(to be continued...)

Shabbat Shalom from Modi'in,
Mr. Barry Chamish"

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