by Barry Chamish
Special to ParaScope
The sloppy Shabak (General Security Services) conspiracy to assassinate Yitzhak Rabin is slowly being exposed. The most unlikely Israelis are becoming convinced that Yigal Amir did not murder Rabin, but that he was actually killed in his car after Amir shot two blank bullets. Such is the weight of evidence that Amir is expecting a million dollar advance on a book that will tell his side of the story. Amir's literary agent Avi Feinstein says, "Amir was a government agent and he will expose the whole conspiracy in his book."
That is, if he can recall it after his extensive experience with sophisticated mind control.
The most convincing evidence that Amir did not kill Rabin came from police forensics expert Baruch Glatstein, who testified at Amir's trial. After examining Rabin's suit and shirt, he concluded that two shots from point blank range killed the prime minister. Amir was filmed shooting from at least five feet away. According to Glatstein's testimony, one shot came from a distance of 25 centimeters, while the second was a contact shot. Glatstein rationally explained that Rabin's shirt was torn to shreds in a way that could only occur if the gasses from the cartridge exploded on his skin.
Further, Glatstein tested the shirt of Yoram Rubin, Rabin's bodyguard who was shot in the forearm. He found traces of copper and lead in the bullet hole while Amir's bullets were composed entirely of copper. In short, Amir didn't shoot Rubin either.
Glatstein's testimony agrees with that of Dr. Skolnick, a surgeon who operated on Rabin. Dr. Skolnick concluded that his injuries were caused by contact shots.
In July, the Supreme Court heard testimony from a Tel Aviv taxi driver who picked up a passenger on the day Amir was convicted. After hearing a radio report on the conviction, the passenger said he was a pathologist at Ichilov hospital who examined Rabin. He insisted that Amir could not have shot Rabin because his wounds were from point blank range. He then produced his Ichilov ID card, proving he was, in fact, a pathologist working at the hospital.
Dozens of witnesses heard five shots fired, and in July, a police officer assigned to the fateful rally where Rabin died, Yossi Smadja, told the press that he also heard five shots. But their testimony was not welcomed at the Shamgar Commission's coverup of the event.
The "amateur film" of the Rabin assassination has since been examined by numerous analysts in frame by frame sequence and found to have been sloppily cut and edited. More sinister is Rabin's reaction to being shot. Instead of lurching forward from the bullets, Rabin alertly turns back, seemingly aware of the events taking place. Most sinister of all, during the final seconds of the film while Rabin is supposedly being lain on the back seat of the car, followed by the wounded bodyguard, someone closes the opposite back passenger door of the car from inside. Clearly, that someone was awaiting Rabin from inside the car.
Then there is the testimony of Shimon Peres who saw Rabin's body in the hospital. He claimed in Yediot Ahronot that Rabin's forehead was swollen and bruised, he thought from being pushed on the pavement after he was shot. This is in direct contradiction to the eyewitness report of Miriam Oren who was beside Rabin after Amir pulled the trigger. She told Israel Television news moments after the incident that Rabin walked into the car under his own power. Where, and how, did the bruises that Peres claims he saw occur?
Finally, there is the indisputable proof offered unintentionally by Rabin's aide, Eitan Haber. While surgeons were operating on Rabin at Ichilov hospital, for reasons unexplained to this day, Haber rifled through his suit and shirt pockets looking for something and pulled out the songsheet Rabin had held at the rally. Haber produced it for the cameras as he announced Rabin's death and it was deeply bloodstained. Unless Rabin put it in a non-existent back pocket of his suit, he was shot from the front.
Support for that contention came from a most unlikely source. On the night of the murder, a close Rabin compatriot, Member of Knesset Ephraim Gur, left Ichilov Hospital and told a Reuters reporter that he had seen Rabin, and that he was shot through the chest and abdomen.
On September 20, two Israeli newspapers unexpectedly printed interviews with subtle advocates of the conspiracy thesis. After nine months of silence, Shlomo Levy gave an interview to Yerushalayim. Levy, an associate of Amir's at Bar Ilan University, was a soldier in the Intelligence Brigade of the IDF. After hearing Amir's threats to kill Rabin, he reported them to his commander who told him to go to the police. The police took his testimony very seriously on July 6, '95 and transferred it to the Shabak where it was ignored until three days after the assassination.
The report concludes, "Levy's was only one of a number of reports the Shabak ignored about Amir...The fact that the Shabak let the reports gather dust until Rabin was murdered lends credence to numerous conspiracy theories."
Levy was asked, "If you did the right thing, why have you been hiding in your home out of fear?" He replied, "The Shabak is big and powerful and I'm a little guy. The assassination is an open wound with them and who knows how they'd react if I let myself be interviewed."
On the same day, Rabin's son Yuval was interviewed in Yediot Ahronot. Asked if he believed his father was killed in a conspiracy, a question that said much about the public's interest, he replied, "I can't say yes or no. It's not hard to accept it... One thing is certain, no one was punished. The worst that happened to any Shabak agent was he lost his job."
October saw the blatant inconsistencies between the official version of events surrounding the Rabin assassination and the truth. Early in the month, Maariv's weekend magazine published a remarkable collection of testimony from seven policemen and security agents on duty at the assassination scene that fueled suspicions of a conspiracy from many formerly skeptical readers. On October 18, the author of this piece was the victim of an eight minute hatchet job on Israel Channel Two Television's weekend magazine show that was shown again the next night. Despite the blatant attempt at character assassination, as Yediot Ahronot reported the following Sunday, I succeeded in igniting renewed national interest in the possibility that Rabin's murder did not happen as it was officially reported.
First, let's look at the Maariv report. We begin with the issue of whether the bullets used by alleged assassin Yigal Amir were real or not. It is not denied by the Shamgar Commission that "Blanks, blanks," was yelled by someone while Amir fired his weapon. The conclusion is that Amir yelled it to confuse Rabin's bodyguards, a contention he denies. It turns out that more than just "Blanks, blanks" was shouted.
S.G., Shabak Agent Under Command of Rabin's bodyguard Yoram Rubin: "I heard very clearly, 'They're not real, they're not real,' during the shooting."
A.A., Personal Security Head of the Shabak: "I heard one shot and someone shouting, 'Not real, not real.' I can't say with certainty if it came from the shooter."
Avi Yahav, Tel Aviv policeman: "The shooter yelled, 'They're caps, nothing, caps.'"
None of the police or security men heard the famous 'Srak, srak,' (blanks, blanks) shout. The scene they describe is of a number of people shouting different phrases. What united the shouters was their belief that blank bullets were being shot.
How many bullets were shot?
A.H., Agent assigned to Yoram Rubin's staff: "I heard one shot, followed by another."
Maariv to A.A.: "Are you certain you only heard one shot?"
A.A.: "Absolutely certain."
Avi Yahav: "I heard a number of shots. I'm not sure how many."
S.G.: "As I approached the car, I heard three shots."
The inability of trained security and police personnel to agree on the number of shots is puzzling, but on one issue all agree: none thought Rabin was hurt.
Y.S., Shabak Head of Security for the Tel Aviv rally: "I heard Rabin was wounded only when I arrived at Ichilov Hospital some minutes later."
S.G.: I didn't hear any cry of pain from the Prime Minister and didn't see any signs of blood whatsoever... It wasn't until some time after that I was told that Yoram Rubin was hurt."
A.A.: "Only after a number of inquiries as to whether Rabin was hurt, did I drive in shock to Ichilov."
None of the security or police personnel detected any sign that Rabin was hurt, a quite inexplicable fact when one considers that he was not merely hurt but supposedly shot in the lung and spleen by two hollowpoint 9 mm bullets. However, the "amateur" film of the assassination exonerates the witnesses. After the film shows the blast from Amir's gun, Rabin is not pushed forward by the pressure of the bullet, nor does he evince pain. Rather, he keeps on walking and turns his head quickly to his left.
Before examining the next issue of the Maariv article, let us skip to Channel Two's report on my research. Despite the snow job, one of my points came across loud and clear and went a long way towards keeping my name from being totally besmirched. I showed the assassination film and pointed out that as Rabin entered his car, the opposite side passenger door is slammed shut. I said, the only way the door could be shut was if someone was inside the car shutting it. This would be in contradiction of the Shamgar report, which has Rabin and Rubin entering an empty car. Channel Two saved my dignity by saying the door was shut by the vibrations caused by Rabin's entrance. Throughout the country, people opened their back car doors and started shaking their vehicles. Nothing could make their doors shut. Further, Rabin's door was armored and weighed several hundred more pounds than the average car door. Furthermore, the open front door of Rabin's car did not shut with the back, and the film shows no shaking of the vehicle whatsoever. Therefore, someone -- perhaps the real murderer -- was waiting for Rabin inside the car.
Now let us consider the testimony of Yoram Rubin, Rabin's head of personal security. On November 8, 1995 he was quoted as saying in the New York Times that Rabin's last words to him in the car were that he was hurt but not seriously. Let's look what he told the police on the night of the murder and later testified to the Shamgar Commission and at Yigal Amir's trial.
Rubin to the Police at 1:07 a.m. on November 5, 1995: "I lifted the prime minister and pushed him into the car."
To the Shamgar Commission, he said: "He (Rabin) helped me get up. That is to say, we worked together... We jumped, really jumped. I'm surprised, in retrospect, that a man his age could jump like that."
At Amir's trial, Rubin stated: "I grabbed him by his shoulders and asked him, 'Yitzhak, do you hear me, only me?" In this version Rabin did not answer at all. In previous versions he said he wasn't hurt badly or actually helped Rubin to his feet.
Perhaps the most confusing piece of testimony concerns the critical moments when Rubin enters the car with Rabin. The assassination film shows the opposite back passenger door being pulled closed from the inside and the other back door being pushed closed from the outside. Yet Rubin testifies, "We fell onto the seat together and I slipped between the front and back seat. His legs and mine were dangling outside as I yelled to the driver, 'Get out of here.' He started driving and I lifted his (Rabin's) and my legs inside and closed the door. This all took 2-3 seconds."
A most curious incident occurs on the way to Ichilov Hospital, normally less than a minute's drive from the supposed murder site. The trip took from 9:45 to 9:53. With a minute and a half driving time to go, Rabin's driver Menachem Damti picks up a policeman, Pinchas Terem, to help direct him to the hospital. Damti, an experienced driver, needed no help in finding Ichilov, but even that isn't the main point. With the prime minister dying beside him, the altruistic Yoram Rubin says to the new passenger, "I'm wounded. Bandage me." As for Rabin, we can only guess he didn't care that his wounds needed much more urgent attention. Terem completed his bizarre testimony by noting that Damti did not notify Ichilov by radio that he was coming and thus the hospital staff was totally unprepared for Rabin's arrival.
One conclusion of many that can be reached from the testimony of all the witnesses is that Rabin was unhurt by Amir's blank bullets and was shot inside the car. Rubin took a harmless arm wound to cover his role in the event and Damti picked up a policeman as a witness in case of future disbelief.
If this scenario or something more insidious is not to be given credence, all the contradictory testimony will have to properly sorted out at an honest commission of inquiry. And this hypothetical commission will have to answer how the back passenger door of Rabin's car really closed as he entered the vehicle. Until this is done, compelling doubts about the official version of Rabin's assassination will remain.
Barry Chamish is the editor of Inside Israel, a political intelligence report on Israeli affairs. He can be reached at:
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