Late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin depicted in an SS Uniform
Late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin depicted in an SS UniformFlash90

Five former Shin Bet chiefs, 18 former department heads, and an additional 100 former senior officials, managers, and workers in the agency sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanding he amends several facts written in his book regarding the agency's conduct around the time of the murder of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

"Retract the lies you told in your book that hurt the Shin Bet's stately legitimacy and skew the facts and the history which brought to the murder of Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin," the letter opens.

"On page 215, you write two heinous lies in which you accused the Israel Security Agency of knowingly and purposely ordering Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv to incite one public with his teachings prior to Rabin's murder. In addition when you stated that the Shin Bet printed the banner depicting Rabin in an SS uniform and purportedly gave it to Raviv so he would distribute it with the aim of harming the right-wing camp, which opposed the Prime Minister's policies. These accusations are lies and deceit. You harmed the Shin Bet's name; you harmed its legitimacy; you harmed Israel's security. We demand you immediately and publicly retract your words that the Israel Security Agency was purposely behind the incitement, was somehow connected to the preparation of a banner opposing the Prime Minister of Israel, or instructed one of its agents to incite against a fellow Israeli."

Former Shin Bet Cheif Ami Ayalon claimed that "George Orwell was right when he wrote 90 years ago that 'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.' The strengthening of conspiracy theories in Netanyahu's book distances him from the terrace at Zion Square, and the demonstration where he watched inciting protesters carry a casket for Rabin.

His attempt to rewrite history in his book is part of the polarization process he led ever since he entered politics."