Carmi Gillon's Pathetic Last Stand
By Barry Chamish <>

I had dreaded reading Carmi Gillon's book about the Rabin assassination because of the anger it would generate within me. Instead, after reading it, I just felt pity for the head of the Shabak, (General Security Services), at the time of the murder. That's because his lying version of the events is so pathetic. Even the extreme left-wing Haaretz newspaper condemned the book in its weekend paper, in two separate columns, for being self-serving and insincere.
Of course, Haaretz is incapable of reporting what actually befell Rabin so the criticism was typically shallow. Nonetheless, it's becoming clear that nobody likes this book. Poor Carmi. Here are a few of the lies that illustrate his desperate need to free himself of the widely perceived burden that he was a conspirator in the murder.
- Gillon writes that he only met Avishai Raviv, Yigal Amir's partner in provocation and the highest ranking Shabak infiltrator in the anti-Oslo camp, once. Gillon served as head of the Jewish Department which ran Raviv for five years but he only ran into his most valued informer one time and that was accidentally. And that's the best he can offer to save his worthless skin.
- Gillon insists that he ordered the surveillance and repression of left and right wing radical groups equally. He adds that he personally preferred the right wingers because at least their motives were patriotic. In all the years that Gillon ran the Jewish Department and then the whole Shabak, I can't think of one left wing activist who was arrested. But I can think of a lot of right wingers, all innocent of crimes, who were incarcerated without charge. Shall we begin with the 17 members of the phoney Jewish underground, all later released as innocents, the Kahalani brothers, recently released from prison for alleged good behaviour, Shmuel Cytryn, who served four months in solitary confinement for publicly exposing Raviv as a Shabak officer etc. etc. Gillon's attempt at equanimity is, well, pathetic again.
- Gillon claims he advised PM Peres to open a public inquiry into the Rabin murder. Not according to every other source I've read. He tried to head off such an inquiry with a self-cleansing internal investigation and only public pressure forced Peres to reject this ploy and initiate his rigged Shamgar Commission Of Inquiry.
- When informed of the murder, Gillon was told, "And you won't believe it, he's from Herzlia." Gillon explains that he had previously told numerous people that, "The assassin could come from Herzlia or Dimona." Nice try Carmi but it won't fly. In late August 1995, Gillon informed a gathering of reporters that Rabin's life was in danger and the potential assassin could be, "a dark skinned Sephardic student of Bar Ilan University who lives in Herzlia." Every point true to the patsy Yigal Amir. A statistician informed me that according to his computations, the odds of Gillon getting all the information right without knowing that Amir was being set up to take the rap were some 24 million to one.
- The Italian journalist Aldo Baquis called me and emphasized just how badly Gillon handled the issue of Shlomi Halevy. He was a soldier from the Intelligence Brigade who, in early July 1995, was informed of Amir's vocal threats against Rabin and reported them to the Shabak. Aldo pointed out that on page 256, Gillon claims that it was a shame the Shabak didn't take Halevy seriously. Just three pages later, he does an about-turn, writing that the Shabak did take Halevy very seriously and were on the lookout of a curly-haired Yemenite at the rally.
Now here is where Gillon gets good and tripped up on his lies. He claims that based on Halevy's meager description, it was impossible to identify Amir because, "there are lots of curly-haired Yemenites." What he forgets to mention but Halevy didn't, is that he told the Shabak Amir was a member of the radical organization Eyal. If they had wanted to, the Shabak could have arrested Amir that day. What Halevy didn't know was that Eyal was a straw group created by the Shabak, led by the Shabak officer Avishai Raviv, and its social director was the Shabak asset Yigal Amir. But Gillon sure as heck knew all that and it's not in the book. All that appears is one more pathetic falsehood.
My friend, the journalist and author Joel Bainerman phoned with another observation; even the insignificant points in the book look made up. Gillon begins his flawed attempt at a masterpiece of deceit with the following story:
Four days before the assassination Rabin sent Gillon to Paris to meet with French Intelligence. They were worried about Algerian terrorists and needed the advice of an Israeli expert. Rabin felt good relations with the French were vital and ordered Gillon to go, despite the security concerns about the upcoming Tel Aviv rally.
Joel points out that Rabin despised the French and made no secret of his feelings. He felt that they were conniving with Peres to overthrow him. But as Joel astutely noted, at least Gillon backed my claim of the past four and a half years that Gillon was in Paris meeting with French Intelligence. However, I more than suspect that the meetings had nothing to do with Algeria and a lot to do with overthrowing Rabin.
Gillon's chronology of the assassination night runs like this: At 10:00 PM, Israel time, while he was on the way to the airport, the chief of personal security Benny Lahav phoned him to tell him Rabin was shot. He got on the plane stunned. He had planned to arrive in Israel in the wee hours of the morning and inspect El Al security but cancelled the plan. Instead, he was left all alone in his thoughts. The El Al stewardesses knew who he was and did not disturb him during the whole flight.
These are the delusions of a cornered rat. Nothing rings true. According to his arrest record, Amir was in custody at 9:30. Shamgar puts the time at 9:40. So the head of the Shabak had to wait between twenty minutes to half an hour to be informed of the shooting. And shucks, that ruined his plan to get off a five hour flight and inspect El Al security at 3 AM. Officially, all of a few dozen people outside the Shabak knew Gillon's identity and position. Publishing these facts was a criminal offence. Yet all the El Al hostesses were all in on the secret and were so concerned they broke international airline regulations and didn't disturb Gillon for five hours, not even when drinks and dinner were served.
And that's how desperate this pitiful creep is! Here's Gillon's strategy. He blames the government for not taking the recommendations of the first Shamgar coverup, the Commission Of Inquiry Into The Hebron Massacre, seriously. He blames Rabin for not listening to him and wearing a bullet-proof vest. But most of all, he blames his underling Shabak officers and the bodyguards under their command for being so ill-prepared to stop the murder.
The guilty Shabak officers in Gillon's version of the true conspiracy are Head Of Personnel, Dror Yitzhaki, and by the way, he is not alone in his suspicions, they are shared by some investigating the truth about the murder; the Head Of Personal Security, Benny Lahav; Head Of Operations, Adi Azoulai and Commander Of Rally Security, Yoram Rubin, who is by far my leading candidate as the real murderer of Rabin.
The only person who comes out squeaky clean is Shimon Peres, whom Gillon falsely claims was almost a victim of murder at the rally as well. Gillon recommended the suspension of these four officers and Peres agreed, and this is telling, "though he was closely associated with all of them."
That is Gillon's way out and in all likelihood, he is immune from retaliation because everyone he attacks is hiding his own assassination secrets. The strategy he employs is actually clever. Though he seemingly attacks Shamgar for not going far enough in his inquiry, all his facts about the murder are directly quoted from the Shamgar Commission. An example; he repeats over and over again Shamgar's false finding that Rabin was shot from half a meter's distance. The Israel Police Criminal Laboratory proved beyond doubt that Rabin was shot point blank. But since Amir never, ever shot from point blank range, he does not include the truth.
One reading of this miserable exercise is Gillon is hinting that his trip to Paris was arranged to get him out of the way so his underlings could get on with their hanky panky. Another, more likely reading, is the Shabak fell apart when he wasn't there.
And that is the true sophistication of the book. By blaming Shamgar and Rabin's bodyguards, he is reinforcing the lie that the assassination was all a big snafu. He should be made to know, it won't work. One day, he will himself, be investigated for his real role in Rabin's murder.
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Stay tuned folks, another book review is on the way and the task will be more pleasant. The Zionist Book Club has just published Ori Barkan's classic book Srak, which is a fictionalized but far more accurate version of the Rabin assassination. The book was an Internet hit, which made headlines two years ago when a review appeared in the newspaper Hatsofe. Peres called the book, "a blood libel." It's only in Hebrew now but for those who read the holy tongue, you can get your copy by writing or calling 02 6712284.
Meanwhile, my book Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin is back on again thanks to my new American publisher Brookline Books. You can call them at 1 800 666-BOOK. The Hebrew and Russian versions are available from Gefen Books. Write The French edition can be had by writing Please visit


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