November 11, 1997 in Nation/World

Report Links Security Agent, Rabin’s Killer

Associated Press
 

A secret report on the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin reveals that an agent of the Shin Bet security service urged the killer to carry out the shooting, Israel TV said Monday.

People who have read the report say Avishai Raviv, an extreme-right activist who worked with the security agency, was a close friend of convicted assassin Yigal Amir and told him that Rabin should be killed, Israel TV said.

Parts of the report are expected to be published Wednesday, Israel TV said. The Israeli Cabinet recommended Monday that the report be opened, but the decision awaits approval of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Last week, Cabinet ministers were allowed to read the report, an addendum to the findings of a state inquiry that investigated the November 1995 assassination. Only a few officials had seen it previously.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet recommended opening parts of the report in response to persistent conspiracy theories alleging that the Shin Bet played a role in the assassination. Netanyahu has dismissed the allegations as “nonsense.”

The state inquiry found that Amir, hoping to end Rabin’s land-for-peace policies, had acted alone. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Raviv was the leader of the radical group Eyal and was known for leading some of the most virulent protests against Rabin’s policies. He is said to have been a Shin Bet agent whose job was to keep the agency informed on ultranationalist circles. Whether he was on salary is unclear.

The TV report said the addendum could raise questions about whether Raviv should have known about Amir’s plans, and even about whether he helped drive Amir to the shooting.

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