Israel Adding Fuel to the Fire

The scandal that refuses to die

The controversy became public last May with charges that Avraham Shalom, director of Shin Bet, Israel's general security service, had ordered the killing of two Palestinian terrorists captured after hijacking an Israeli bus. In the furor that followed, highlighted by charges of a cover-up and demands for an investigation in early June, Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir was eased out. The dispute intensified later in the month when President Chaim Herzog pardoned Shalom, who immediately resigned, and three other senior Shin Bet operatives. The pardon provoked charges that the government was trying to bury the troublesome issue. Last week, in a development...

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