Carmi Gillon's
Attempted Escape
By Barry Chamish <>
The utter desperation of the Shabak to pry itself from responsibility for the Rabin assassination reached new and even uglier heights of deceit in yesterday's (April 14) Israeli newspaper media. Both Yediot Ahronot and Haaretz published long interviews in their weekend magazines with former General Security Services (Shabak) legal affairs director Shabtai Ziv. My, what a coincidence, two papers, same obscure character. And just a few days before Yediot Ahronot, as was emblazoned on its front page headline, would publish two chapters of former Shabak chief Carmi Gillon's new book on the Rabin assassination in its Passover magazine.
You can just feel the terror in Shabak headquarters as the fumbling high officers mapped out a full media blitz to quash the widespread and accurate perception that Gillon was one of the conspirators behind Rabin's murder. In fact, Ziv admits that the current Shabak chief Ami Ayalon did not try to prevent the trial of Yigal Amir's partner in provocation and crime Avishai Raviv, because, "He was tired of hearing about the conspiracy theory."
What is so useful in these media coverups, are the facts that don't get cleaned out of the final copy. Ziv told Haaretz, as he did Yediot Ahronot that, "I can state that all the activities of a judicial character in connection with Raviv were done in consultation and full transparency vis-a-vis the state attorney and her department. A number of discussions were held about him in which we gave the Justice Ministry all the information we possessed about offences he committed..."
This isn't new, I made the same claims in my book Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin. But then, I wasn't the head of the Shabak's legal affairs department. Ziv's remarkable admission means former Justice Minister David Libai and former State Attorney General Dorit Beinish and her staff were apprised of Raviv's crimes and provocations and approved their continuation. This justifies indictments against them all as active accessories in innumerable crimes. Yet how does one issue indictments against the people who issue indictments?
And Ziv, as was clearly requested by his authorities, went out of his way to compliment Carmi Gillon: "He is a humane and sympathetic gentleman," he insisted.
Well no, actually he's a bit off here. Gillon is a brutish and cruel gorilla. He is also an inveterate liar which is why I am presenting a truer picture of him than his own book will. Gillon will claim that the Rabin assassination was a series of blunders and he felt so bad about it, he offered to resign the next day. He will paint a picture of a murderous anti-peace community that had to be infiltrated by the likes of Raviv to protect Israel's glorious democracy. He may even claim, as he once did, that he never even met Avishai Raviv. So before anyone has a chance to believe this liar, permit me to paint a truer picture of the monster.
How He Became Shabak Chief
In 1990 Gillon wrote an MA thesis at Haifa University on the dangers the Israeli Right present to the nation. More than a few people have insisted the thesis was written for him, just as post assassination newspaper analyses on peace clearly were. At the time, he was head of the Shabak's Jewish Department and he was utilizing Avishai Raviv to infiltrate various borderline groups such as Kach and the Temple Mount Faithful.
However, someone very powerful had bigger plans for him and after the Hebron massacre of February 1994, Gillon became Shabak chief. Of course, in a fair world that would have been impossible since, as Jewish Department head, he had supposedly failed miserably to prevent the massacre. In fact, he had succeeded but this is not the place to explain how Dr. Baruch Goldstein was set up to take the blame for bloodshed planned by others.
The one sticking point was Rabin, who opposed Gillon's appointment vehemently. So, Gillon had Avishai Raviv organize a protest against his home in Mevasseret Tzion to place him in contention and Rabin agreed to his appointment only if then-Shabak head Yaacov Perry supervised his tenure, an unheard of procedure. Rabin admitted that Gillon's lack of experience dealing with Arab terrorism made him unfit for the post but he gave in "because of cabinet pressure." Which in the cabinet of the day, meant that Shimon Peres supported Gillon. Today Gillon is the chairman of the Shimon Peres Institute For Peace. All in all, while head of the Shabak, Gillon was a Peres plant.
Now let us look at Gillon's activities and his central role in the Rabin murder according to Israeli experts. We begin with Adir Zik writing in Hatsofe:
"Carmi Gillon was the direct handler of Avishai Raviv for an extended period. It was he who turned Raviv into the biggest provocateur in Israel's history... "Even while Gillon's deputies directed Raviv, Gillon was in direct contact with him. He ordered him to marry a Russian born settler as a cover for his activities. "Gillon ordered Raviv to undertake a long series of violent crimes against Jews and Arabs in Hebron, Jerusalem, and at Tel Aviv and Bar Ilan Universities. "Gillon ordered Raviv to make violent attacks on Knesset Members Tamar Guzonsky and Shulamit Aloni on behalf of the Shabak front organization, Eyal. "Gillon's hatred of the Right led him to utilize the services of a Shabak plant in the Israel Broadcasting Authority named Eitan Oren, to film and televise a series of phoney reports whose goal was to humiliate the residents of Judea and Samaria... "Gillon ordered Raviv to print a photomontage of Rabin in a Gestapo uniform and display it a huge anti-government rally. Rabin called Gillon to his office and demanded an explanation. Gillon told Rabin not to worry, Raviv was under his authority. "Immediately after Rabin's murder, Raviv told police investigators that he had heard Amir threaten Rabin's life four or five times. Raviv had to have informed his superiors, including Gillon about Amir's intentions and they had to have deliberately ignored the warnings."
Gillon's Uncanny Predictions
On August 24, 1995, barely two months before Rabin's murder, Gillon told a group of journalists that Rabin's life was in danger from an assassin. He described this theoretical murderer: "He doesn't have to be a settler, he could be a dark-skinned Sephardic student, studying at Bar Ilan University and living in Herzlia."
What powers of precognition hath the prophet Gillon! Why Amir also was a Sephardic Bar Ilan student who lived in Herzlia! Ophir Shalakh of Maariv was but one of many of the attending journalists who noted, "The profile Carmi Gillon presented precisely described Yigal Amir."
And who can forget Gillon's classic reaction when informed of the murder by phone while he was in Paris (Yediot Ahronot, 24/9/95): "It was a Jew." However did he know?
What Was Gillon Doing In Paris On The Assassination Night?????
Gillon's Shabak underlings were widely quoted claiming to have queried Gillon why he was flying to Paris two days before the most security-sensitive rally in the country's history. He refused to answer but did order his deputies not to change even one detail of his procedures for the rally.
Gillon has consistently refused to explain what he was doing in Paris but a correspondent of mine found one revealing quote, the only one of its kind. Gillon explained that he was visiting Yaacov Perry in hospital in Paris. Very touching but if true, it means both the current Shabak head and his predecessor were in Paris the night of the assassination.
In previous articles I have traced the tracks of the Rabin assassination to Paris. The goal of the murder was to place the French puppet Shimon Peres in power. And Gillon was there pitching in. He was later rewarded for his connivance and silence, when in 1999, Peres appointed Gillon at a huge salary to chair his peace institute.
Trying The Wrong Man
Mati Caspi wrote in Globes (11/12/97): "Carmi Gillon is opposing the indictment of Avishai Raviv because it would reveal Shabak operating procedure. Perhaps he is right, Raviv shouldn't be on trial, his superiors should be."
However, the State Attorney General did finally indict Raviv on two minor charges in 1999. When he announced the indictment, he added a strange addendum: "We found no justification for indicting his superior, Carmi Gillon."
Fear not my friends, I will be reviewing Gillon's book chapters after they are published this Wednesday. Barring a most unlikely confession, we'll sort Gillon's lies out. After that, I will have a chance to prove which version of Rabin's murder is right, his or mine, in a court of law.
Last October MK Ophir Pines publicly called my book "a pack of lies" and used his influence to have it banned, albeit, most temporarily. So I sued him for slander and three weeks ago, my attorneys Nitzana Darshan and Avi Leitner won a major legal victory. Pines contended that as a Knesset Member, he was immune from prosecution. The judge turned down his argument.
On May 1st, 8:30 AM at Tel Aviv District Court, the judge will rule if I can continue my suit. If he does so rule, I will prove that I'm no liar by calling every character in the Rabin assassination to the stand, including Gillon. Recall when reading Gillon's chapters that he would never take that kind of risk. Watch this: Carmi Gillon, I am calling you a liar and a conspirator in a political assassination. PLEASE SUE ME... See, nothing happened. _____
Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin is available in the US from Brookline Publishing, 1 800 666BOOK or over Amazon. In Israel, the English version is available from the Zionist Book Club, write In Hebrew and Russian call Gefen books at 02 5380247. In French, write Please visit



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