Ex-Shin Bet chief warns of 'next Yigal Amir'

Carmi Gillon criticizes authorities' handling of 'price tag' perpetrators, says any progress in peace talks will bring forth terrorist acts

The people behind the "price tag" attacks will produce "the next Yigal Amir" if progress in the peace talks with the Palestinians is achieved, said former Shin Bet Director Carmi Gillon.


"These guys will be the next Jewish Underground if the peace process turns into something that involves giving up territories. We should act before they blow up their first church," he said.


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Gillon, who was director of Shin Bet during the Rabin administration, said he believed the issue of the "price tag" acts "falls between the cracks, between police and the Shin Bet."


"We can't let the 'price tag' issue disappear from our agenda. The political system and the police are helpless in the face of this very dangerous phenomenon."


Gillon said that the fact that "price tag" vandals were not dubbed a terrorist group is an oversight of the Shin Bet, among other organizations. "We can catch them, but the question remains if we can try them," Gillon said, "When you call it a terrorist organization there is a lot more room for action.


"I think we don't act firmly enough against rabbis who practice incitement."


Shortly after the Rabin assassination, Gillon commissioned an inquiry as to the security failure, as the government appointed an official committee, the Shamgar Commission, to investigate. During the commission's hearings Gillon resigned after he was deemed responsible for the security oversight.


The commission later determined that the Shin Bet failed to secure Rabin on the physical and Intel levels. Several personal recommendations against Shit Bet staff were submitted, as well as recommendations to prevent similar failings in the future.


Gillon will speak Monday at a conference at the Tel Aviv University regarding the consequences and enforcement of the "price tag" actions.



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