Israel Struggle At the Top

Peres moves to stop an inquiry

It was one of the ugliest incidents in Israel's decades-long war against terrorism: in 1984, two Palestinians captured by Israeli forces after they had hijacked a bus died in custody, under circumstances that have yet to be explained. Last week those deaths had embroiled the Jerusalem government in an increasingly bitter controversy that included charges of a cover-up. The struggle involved a test of wills between Labor Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir, who wants an investigation of the chief of Shin Bet, the Hebrew acronym for Israel's general security service, which is primarily responsible for domestic antiterrorism...

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