Israel: Once More on The Hot Seat

Once More on The Hot Seat

The last thing that Shin Bet, Israel's equivalent of the FBI, needs is the hint of fresh scandal. The agency has been reeling from charges that it covered up the murders of two captured Arab bus hijackers in 1984, an affair that led eleven top Shin Bet officials to accept a presidential pardon in order to avoid possible criminal charges. Yet last week, amid newspaper headlines that screamed NEW SCANDAL, more trouble is exactly what Shin Bet got.

The case centers on Azat Napso, an army lieutenant convicted in 1980 on charges of spying for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Throughout his...

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