Those Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones...
Nov. 4th marks the 10 year anniversary of the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin. Carmi Gillon, head of the Shin Bet (Israel's Security Services - the body that is directly responsible for the security of the prime minister) at the time of the assassination, was recently interviewed by Yediot Achronot and had this to say (as reported by Ha'aretz):
Yigal Amir is smiling because he knows he won. The fact that he is alive - that is a security failure ... the result of an operational breakdown that [bodyguards] didn't shoot him like a dog, like any other revolting terrorist.
Interestingly enough, the interviewer failed to ask Gillon who should have been held responsible for the "security failure" and "operational breakdown". Would it not be logical to place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the head of the organization meant to protect the prime minister, namely Carmi Gillon?
Let's take a look at the life of Carmi Gillon since that fateful night and judge for yourself if the punishment has fit the crime:
* Gillon, after resigning from the Shin Bet, was appointed by Shimon Peres, the man who became Prime minister in the wake of the assassination, as the Director of the Peres Center for Peace.
* Shimon Peres names Gillon as Israel's Ambassador to Denmark.
* Carmi Gillon is elected Mayor of Mevasseret Zion.
Whoever said that crime (or criminal negligence) doesn't pay has never met Carmi Gillon (or his good friend, Shimon Peres).
One might expect Gillon to have kinder words for Yigal Amir, considering all that Gillon has been able to accomplish on the back of Amir. While Amir rots, Gillon lives the high life.
"Zion will be redeemed through justice, and its captives through righteousness" (Isaiah 1:27)
We're not quite there yet.