ROTTEN SAFETY NET

WHY DID AN ALLEGED SECRET-SERVICE MOLE FAIL TO REPORT AN EXTREMIST'S THREATS TO KILL YITZHAK RABIN?

EVEN AS SHIMON PERES STEPPED smoothly into the role of Israel's Prime Minister, bringing a welcome sense of normality to a traumatized nation, he found a supremely embarrassing mess awaiting him: the stained reputation of the vaunted domestic security service, known as the Shin Bet, which answers directly to the Prime Minister. Already shaken by the security lapses that allowed the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, Shin Bet faces new allegations that one of the young religious zealots arrested for involvement in the murder was actually an informer on the service's own payroll. According to Israeli intelligence sources, the informer never told...

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