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A skeleton in Barak's closet

Does it seem that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak pulled his troops
out of Lebanon too hastily? Does the Sept. 13 deadline for an
Israeli-PLO final agreement — set by President Clinton — appear
unrealistically tight? Why the rush to peace as envisioned by the
American administration and why is Barak cooperating at breakneck speed?

The answer, known throughout Israel, is that the truth about the
Rabin assassination is about to be exposed and, when that day arrives,
Barak and his government will find themselves deeply implicated.

Israeli political analyst Joel Bainerman, author of “Crimes of a
President,” a study of covert operations during the Bush administration,
says outright, “Rabin’s murder will become the biggest scandal in
Israeli history, maybe even Jewish history. The American and European
powerbrokers know Barak can’t keep a lid on it much longer and they are
making sure their peace process is completed before the scandal blows-up
in Barak’s face.”

Prior to this year, two books, one a top-three bestseller, proved
that Rabin’s convicted murderer, Yigal Amir, shot blanks at the prime
minister and Rabin was shot fatally shortly after by his own bodyguard.
In the past month, three new books with titles like “Blank Bullets and
Lies: The Rabin Assassination and the Israeli Secret Service” were

With five thoroughly researched books on the subject all asserting
that the General Security Services (Shabak) organized the murder, Barak
has to be very worried. Most worrisome of all, three of the books
contend that Barak’s Minister Of Regional Affairs, Shimon Peres, was the
mastermind of the assassination.

“All in all,” notes Bainerman, “the case against Peres is
circumstantial, but the weight of the evidence is impressive enough to
start legal proceedings against him.”

The case for an internal coup is based on indisputable police and
medical reports that defy the official version of the assassination.
According to the government’s version, Rabin was shot twice in the back
from a foot-and-a-half range. But the police crime laboratory proved
Rabin was shot at point-blank range. More shocking, the hospital
records prove Rabin was shot not twice, but three times, and once from
the front.

Linda Goldman co-produced a four-minute report of the assassination
for “NBC-Extra.” She observes: “The police and hospital records prove
beyond doubt that Amir could not have been Rabin’s killer. All the
filmed and eye-witness testimonies show that he did not and could not
have shot Rabin point blank and from the front.”

After Amir’s first shot at Rabin, his bodyguards shouted that the
bullets were blanks and instead of killing the assailant, let him
get-off two more rounds. Natan Gefen, author of “Fatal Sting,” asserts,
“Amir was supposed to shoot blanks and he did shoot blanks. He was the

But why the sting operation in the first place? Radio broadcaster
Adir Zik, who also writes a weekly column for the Israeli newspaper
Hatsofe explains, “The policy of the Shabak was to promote a peace
process the public didn’t want through sting operations run by
provocateurs. Most of the bodyguards thought Amir was part of still
another sting operation but a very few knew that this time the sting
would turn to murder.”

One Shabak provocateur, Avishai Raviv, worked hand-in-hand with Amir
for two years before the murder, turning legitimate protest into illegal
excesses. He is currently on trial for not preventing Rabin’s murder
but the government has ordered media and the public out of the
courtroom. On the assassination night, 40 minutes before the name Yigal
Amir was broadcast to the Israeli people, Raviv took responsibility for
the shooting. He called 38 journalists with the message, “We missed
this time but next time we’ll get Rabin.”

A minute after, one journalist, Amir Gilat of Maariv returned the
call and Raviv gave him Amir’s particulars. Says Joel Bainerman, “How
did Raviv know Amir was supposed to shoot 40 minutes before the rest of
the country? And why did he think Amir was supposed to miss? This huge
mistake ties the Shabak to Rabin’s murder with 38 witnesses as proof.
They’ll never get out of this despite the media cover-up that’s going on
by the very journalists who he phoned.”

Linda Goldman agrees, “It’s discouraging that the Israeli media is
protecting Rabin’s murderers but some of us aren’t in that game. We’re
getting the facts out and the truth will win.”

And, when it does, there goes Barak and his political party for good.
Hence, the rush to shove a peace process down a reluctant Israeli
public’s throat before their fans start getting clogged with dung.

Barry Chamish
is the author of several books on Israeli politics including “Israel Betrayed,” “Traitors and Carpetbaggers in the Promised Land” and “Who Murdered Yitzhak Rabin,” all available over Amazon.com.