Former ISA chief blames justice system for Duma

Carmi Glion, Shin Bet chief during Rabin assassination, says complacency toward 'settlers' responsible for Duma arson.

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Carmi Gilon (file)
Carmi Gilon (file)
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Former Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) chief Carmi Gilon lashed out at Jews in Judea and Samaria on Sunday, stating that the "settlement movement" had gone too far and that the justice system must be made accountable for it.  

"All those people who are being held accountable today are those who closed their eyes against 'price tag' attacks," Gilon said in an interview with Army Radio, referring to attacks on Arab homes, cars, and property. "They crossed a line that they then cannot bear." 

"The law limited them to the point where it crashed into the belief that the land of Israel was given to the people of Israel," Gillon continued, "This gives the actions in Judea and Samaria legitimacy even if they contradict the rule of law and court decisions in Israel."

"The Jewish underground, the Rabin assassination and then a straight line to Duma; these three cases have one common goal - to destroy the Jewish and democratic state and replace it with a ruler of the kingdom of Israel," he added. 

"These are people who form the hard core of the settlers and I have no doubt that soon the winds will change for them," he clarified. 

Gilon, who has been outspoken in his support for the left-wing, was head of the ISA during the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

Rabin was murdered by extremist Yigal Amir on the evening of November 4, 1995. He had been attending a mass rally at the Kings of Israel Square (now Rabin Square) in Tel Aviv, held in support of the Oslo Accords.