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What's the Role of Raviv and Har-Shefi?

In February 2001 The High Court of Justice has rejected Margalit Har-Shefi's appeal of her conviction for failure to report Yigal Amir's intention to assassinate Yitzhak Rabin.

Isn't it just another blow at the credibility of the legal system in Israel?

PSI: "Is there anyone who still believes that the responsiblity of Avishai Raviv and the Shabak will ever be brought out to light by the court?"

In my opinion the decision is especially strange in view of the fact that for over five years, the same legal system has continually delayed legal process against Avishai Raviv and his bosses in the Shabak, who not only knew about Amir's intentions and failed to report them, but also contributed significantly to the incitement that preceded the assassination!

Herein a Special Hebrew Review by Haaretz focusing on Raviv

Herein references to articles translated to English from Ha`aretz and Globes Israeli Newspaper
List is sorted by date of publication, decending order.

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  1. Raviv says he knew of plan to kill Rabin

    By Ari Shavit

    Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv admitted several days after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin that he knew of Yigal Amir's intention to kill the prime minister. . .

    The Attorney General's Office recently decided to put Raviv on trial for incitement and failure to prevent Rabin's assassination. . .

    Raviv was employed by the Shin Bet in order to infiltrate right-wing organizations and pass on information regarding their activities. . .

    In a separate Shin Bet interrogation on the same day, Amir told his interrogators that Raviv had known of his general intention to murder Rabin.

    Friday, December 4, 1998   Get it at a new window

    Haaretz internet edition does not include another Haaretz article on the same day,
    at page Alef-5, where there are citations of two testimonies that Raviv
    had made at Petah Tikva police station, on the 7th and 8th of November, 1995.
    According to Haaretz, he was interrogated by GSS agents.
  2. State seeks to try Raviv in camera

    By Gideon Alon, Ha'aretz Legal Correspondent

    Attorney General has decided contrary to the opinion of State Prosecutor to place Raviv on trial . . . The state prosecution will ask the court to conduct the trial of Avishai Raviv behind closed doors . . .

    Thursday, November 5, 1998   Get it at a new window

    Haaretz internet edition does not include the leading article on the front page
    i.e. "Security sources: Prosecuting Raviv - severe damage to GSS"
  3. Raviv to trial: 'did not stop murder'

    By Gideon Alon, Ha'aretz Legal Affairs Correspondent

    Raviv, codenamed "Champagne" in the internal security agency, will also be charged with incitement to racism and praising an act of violence . . . The attorney general refused to elaborate on the objections raised by senior officials in the State Prosecutor's Office to his decision . . . Rubinstein vehemently rejected attempts by politicians and others to blame the Shin Bet for the murder . . .

    Thursday, November 5, 1998   Get it at a new window

  4. Decision on Raviv draws mixed reactions among Knesset parties

    Hanan Porat: Indictment ignores his violence against Arabs

    By Gideon Alon, Ha'aretz Knesset Correspondent

    The decision by Attorney General . . . drew mixed reactions in the Knesset . . . Eitan again demanded the appointment of a commission of inquiry or a special judge . . . MK Amnon Rubinstein (Meretz) said he opposes the attorney general's decision . . . MK Gideon Ezra (Likud) would have preferred that Raviv not be put on trial. . . MK Rechavam Ze'evi (Moledet) urged that Raviv's handlers in the Shin Bet, and Carmi Gillon, the head of the internal security agency at the time, also stand trial . . . MK Hanan Porat (National Religious Party) said the decision was right . . . MK Ori Orr (Labor) noted that the judicial commission of inquiry chaired by former President of the Supreme Court Meir Shamgar did not recommend placing Raviv on trial. . .

    Thursday, November 5, 1998   Get it at a new window

  5. Analysis

    An unusual decision

    By Ze'ev Segal

    The decision by Attorney General contradicts the opinion of the state prosecutor. The attorney general maintains that the consideration of public interest "overrides" any damage that may accrue to the Shin Bet.

    Thursday, November 5, 1998   Get it at a new window

  6. Official: Avishai Raviv to be Indicted for Failing to Prevent Rabin Murder, Praising Violence, Incitement to Racism

    November 4, 1998
    Attorney General Eliyakim Rubinstein continues to investigate additional complaints against Raviv; other files have been closed and will not be reopened.
  7. Minister banned from Security C'tee

    "Attorney General charges Michael Eitan leaked material to mislead public"

    By Gideon Alon

    "... that was discussing Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv's activities prior to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin...."

    Tuesday, October 13, 1998   Get it at a new window

    Internet eddition does not bring the full translation of this article.
    On the same page, A6, there are 3 other articles dedicated to the issue.
  8. Zeev Segal: "Rubinstein's reaction is quite rare"
  9. Gideon Alon: "AG's letter - outrage against Eithan"
  10. Gideon Alon: "Eithan rejects allegations against him"
  11. None appears in the internet eddition. Why?

  12. The never-ending fizz of 'Champagne'

    "... the handling of former Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv just before the Rabin assassination..."

    By Yossi Melman

    "...onto the lesser issue of Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv.
    About a year ago, Eitan persuaded the government to public..."

    Sunday, October 11, 1998   Get it at a new window

  13. Ex-Shin Bet official attacks call for Raviv investigation

    "Former head of department of Jewish subversives calls Minister Eitan's motivations 'political'"

    By Yossi Melman and Gideon Alon

    Raviv was a Shin Bet agent and informer for about eight years until his activity was revealed by Amnon Abramovich, a commentator on Israel Television.   Raviv's code name, according to Abramovich, was "Champagne."

    Thursday, October 8, 1998   Get it at a new window

  14. Har Shefi wants jail sentence postponed

    By Zvi Harel, Ha'aretz Legal Correspondent

    Margalit Har Shefi, sentenced to nine months in prison for failing to prevent
    the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, scheduled to go to jail Oct 27.
    She has appealed both the conviction and the severity. . .

    Thursday, October 8, 1998   Get it at a new window

  15. Clearing up the Raviv affair

    By Ze'ev Segal

    "...PM and the inner cabinet over Avishai Raviv's dealings with the Shin Bet is one of the most serious accusation..."

    Thursday, October 8, 1998   Get it at a new window

  16. Cabinet was 'duped' over Raviv affair, minister charges

    By Gideon Alon

    "... about the Shin Bet's employment of Avishai Raviv as an informer, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office..."

    Sunday, October 4, 1998   Get it at a new window

    This is an abridged and twisted version
    of the original Hebrew article !
    Another article by Gideon Alon is missing
    Its hebrew title:
    "Ayalon admitted during cabinet meeting that Raviv
    was on GSS payrole, but refused to detail how much"

  17. No decision yet on prosecuting Raviv

    "Rightists want ex-Shin Bet man tried for his part in Rabin assassination"

    By Gideon Alon

    "... his demand that former Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv be tried for incitement and failure to prevent the assassination..."

    Tuesday, September 29, 1998   Get it at a new window

  18. Right calls for Raviv to be tried

    By Nadav Shragai

    "...closing the existence of Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv, said yesterday that now that Har Shefi has been sentenced..."

    Monday, September 28, 1998   Get it at a new window

  19. A question of ethics - and more

    By Yossi Klein

    The disclosure of Avishai Raviv's identity as a Shin Bet agent brought Amnon Abramowitz glory, but also calls for putting him on trial.

    Tuesday, September 15, 1998   Get it at a new window

  20. High Court throws out Raviv leak complaint

    By Moshe Reinfeld

    TV journalist Amnon Abramowitz will not be put on trial for revealing that Avishai Raviv was a Shin Bet security services agent code-named Champagne. . . Representing the Attorney General told the court that the decision not to prosecute Abramowitz was based on "lack of public interest"   HA! HA! HA!

    Friday, September 11, 1998   Get it at a new window

  21. A blind eye, a loaded gun

    By Gideon Samet

    "All those who were tearing their hair out after Rabin's murder - why didn't they see it coming, why didn't they stop it?..."

    Monday, August 31, 1998   Get it at a new window

  22. Court won't force a Raviv trial

    By Moshe Reinfeld

    ". . . the State Prosecutor's Office to try Avishai Raviv, the alleged Shin Bet informant whose name made headlines in the . . ."

    Monday, August 31, 1998   Get it at a new window

  23. Corridors of Power

    Weeding out the flowers of evil

    Underground organizations

    By Uzi Benziman

    . . . the precedent of Avishai Raviv, an extremist leader created by the Shin Bet. The authorization for the operation came from Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

    Friday, August 28, 1998   Get it at a new window

    Another article by Moshe Reinfeld is missing in ineternet edition.
    State Prosecution: "New developments might delay the decision
    whether to prosecute Raviv."

  24. A new tree to climb

    By Akiva Eldar

    Akiva Eldar alleges that "Chamish says that it was not Rabin who was murdered but Bibi whose character was assassinated."   Chamish however says it's a libel.

    Monday, July 20, 1998   Get it at a new window

  25. Rabin's neighbor and Brother

    By Orit Shohat

    "A week ago, in a stunning upset, Meir Lapid won the student elections at Bar-Ilan University. The Ahim, or "Brothers" ..."

    Friday, June 26, 1998   Get it at a new window

  26. PM cuts off Shahak during cabinet review

    By Amos Harel and David Makovsky

    "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step of cutting off a security review..."

    Monday, June 15, 1998   Get it at a new window

  27. Har-Shefi guilty of failing to stop Rabin's murder

    By Zvi Harel

    "Margalit Har-Shefi, a law student from the West Bank settlement of Beit El,
    who became embroiled in the assassination of Rabin..."

    Monday, June 15, 1998   Get it at a new window

  28. Calls renewed to try Avishai Raviv

    "Court decision is 'a ray of light in general darkness,' says Leah Rabin"

    By Gideon Alon and Yossi Verter

    "... against alleged Shin Bet informant Avishai Raviv.
    Har-Shefi was found guilty yesterday of failing to try to ..."

    Monday, June 15, 1998   Get it at a new window

  29. The duty to prevent a crime

    By Ze'ev Segal
    It was sufficient that Margalit Har-Shefi knew
    that Amir was plotting the murder - meaning that
    he was turning the idea over in his mind and
    waiting for an opportune moment to execute it.

    Monday, June 15, 1998   Get it at a new window

  30. Truly, a very odd couple

    "He is the man who cast a curse on Yitzhak Rabin.
    She is a leftist, supporter of the rights of Palestinians."

    By Lily Galili

    "Many in the settlement community avidly believe that Eskin is a Shin Bet agent . . .
    Others in the same camp believe that Eskin is none other than a KGB agent. . .
    they had a need to find a scapegoat. . . Avishai Raviv, a small and insignificant provocateur . . ."

    Friday, March 13, 1998   Get it at a new window

  31. Waking up too late

    By Nadav Shragai

    "Another red line was crossed when the Shin Bet used agents provocateurs like Avishai Raviv who did not content themselves with monitoring and preventing activities that endangered national security, but who also initiated illegal events that indirectly threatened the lives of innocent individuals. This helped blacken the name of the settler community in general."

    Tuesday, March 3, 1998   Get it at a new window

  32. February 2, 1998

    Advisory committee recommends Netanyahu to publish secret portion of Shamgar committee report on assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, to end speculation about role of right-wing activist and Security Service agent Avishai Raviv.

  33. Likud Activists Petition Supreme Court To Try Avishai Raviv For Perjury

    January 8, 1998
    The Supreme Court was petitioned to have Avishai Raviv tried for perjuring himself at the trial of Haggai Amir. Petitioner also seeks to have State Prosecuter Edna Arbel, and former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair, tried for not preventing Raviv's perjured testimony.
  34. Under the auspices of secrecy

    By Amira Hass

    There are no ". . . revelations about the methods of anti-Rabin agitator and Shin Bet internal security service informer Avishai Raviv and the failed Mossad attempt to kill Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshal in Jordan."

    Thursday, December 18, 1997   Get it at a new window

  35. The plot thickens

    "The invention and dissemination of conspiracy theories
    is prevalent throughout the world, and especially in the Middle East..."

    "...The stories about Shabak agent Avishai Raviv's activities contributed to the spread of the theory."

    Sunday, December 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  36. Har-Shefi accuses police of extracting false confession

    By Zvi Harel

    "...cript of a conversation between her and Avishai Raviv, the former Shin Bet informer
    who purportedly encouraged Yigal Amir..."

    Monday, December 8, 1997   Get it at a new window

  37. State prosecutor opposes amnesty

    By Gideon Alon

    "Avishai Raviv, the former Shin Bet informer who may stand trial for inciting assassination..."

    Thursday, December 4, 1997   Get it at a new window

  38. Who forged the letter?

    By Amira Hass

    "...disclosures concerning Shin Bet informer Avishai Raviv,
    it is difficult to reject the logic of this assumption."

    Wednesday, December 3, 1997   Get it at a new window

  39. Netanyahu's advocate

    By Hannah Kim

    "...Itzhak Rabin's murder into the scandal of Avishai Raviv, the Shin Bet informer..."

    Tuesday, December 2, 1997   Get it at a new window

  40. Allegations dismissed

    By Gideon Alon

    "... Dorit Beinish dropped charges against Avishai Raviv
    because he was a Shin Bet Security service agent."

    Friday, November 21, 1997   Get it at a new window

  41. The real lesson of the Raviv affair

    By Ze'ev Schiff

    "...It is simply not true that Avishai Raviv did not pass on information
    concerning Yigal Amir."

    Wednesday, November 19, 1997   Get it at a new window

  42. Four comments on the situation

    By Yoel Marcus

    "Why not just use a hammer?

    Tuesday, November 18, 1997   Get it at a new window

  43. Assassin's brother sues for five millions NIS

    By Zvi Harel

    Monday, November 17, 1997   Get it at a new window

  44. The ubiquitous Raviv

    By Amnon Rubinstein

    "...Shin bet security service informer Avishai Raviv. He donned the disguise of one rabbi or perhaps several."

    Monday, November 17, 1997   Get it at a new window

  45. The right says Labor to blame for Rabin's murder

    By Dalia Shehori and Shahar Ilan

    "... government of using Shin Bet informer Avishai Raviv as a weapon against the right. Naveh, who spoke Saturday on Channe..."

    Sunday, November 16, 1997   Get it at a new window

  46. News in Brief

    "... the previous government regarding the Avishai Raviv affair were also political and so violated the civil service regulations..."

    Sunday, November 16, 1997   Get it at a new window

  47. Shin Bet turncoats

    By Gideon Levy

    "The fact that the informant, Avishai Raviv, abused Arabs over a long period of time - beating and terrorizing..."

    Sunday, November 16, 1997   Get it at a new window

  48. Haggai Amir Sues Avishai Raviv for NIS 5 Mln:
    His False Testimony Against Me Made My Sentence Worse

    November 16, 1997
    Amir: By denying he was a GSS agent, Raviv prevented Amir from claiming in his defence that he was an "agent provocateur".
  49. Unpublished Shamgar report sections criticize Shin Bet performance

    "Declassified chapters refute "conspiracy theory" "

    "...Yigal Amir's plan to murder Rabin because Avishai Raviv, its informer in far-right circles, did not report Amir's intention..."

    Friday, November 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  50. Calls for Raviv trial

    By Dalia Shehori and Gideon Alon

    "...commission report said Shin Bet informer Avishai Raviv should be placed on trial. A few called for an examination of the ..."

    Friday, November 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  51. The Shin Bet's blame

    "...extensively with the problematic role of Avishai Raviv, who started working as an agent-provocateur for the Shin Bet secre..."

    Friday, November 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  52. Did Rabin Know?

    "Did Raviv have any influence?"

    "Will Netanyahu fall?

    Friday, November 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  53. Shin Bet on Raviv: "He's forcing us to chase our tails"

    "The Shin Bet knew of Raviv's violent activities
    and didn't believe they could control him"

    Friday, November 14, 1997   Get it at a new window

  54. Shin Bet chief faults politicians

    By Yossi Melman

    "... dealing with the role of Avishai Raviv, a Shin Bet informer, in encouraging Yigal Amir to murder the PM..."

    Thursday, November 13, 1997   Get it at a new window

  55. Commentary: One, Non-fundamental Part of Assassination Picture

    November 13, 1997
    Chapter 4 of the report suggests that Avishai Raviv fooled his controllers. The committee of inquiry does not accuse the GSS of activity designed to besmirch the right, but criticizes its ignorance of the effect of Raviv's activities on legal political organizations. It sufficed with determining that Raviv's supervision was ineffective. This is only one portion of the assassination picture!
  56. "Raviv Told Yigal Amir that Rabin Must Be Hit"

    November 13, 1997
    Today, parts of the top-secret appendix to the Shamgar Committee report on the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin were released for publication. "Globes" publishes the chapter on GSS agent Avishai Raviv for the first time in English.
  57. Ministers, MKs: Avishai Raviv's Controllers Should be Put on Trial

    November 13, 1997
    Minister of Communications Limor Livnat: Avishai Raviv's controllers should be interrogated.
    MK Rehavam Ze'evi: Raviv's controllers should be tried.
    Minister of Public Security Avigdor Kahalani: Raviv case and all its aspects must be investigated.
    MK Alex Lubovski: Raviv affair constituted a serious failure on the part of the GSS.
    MK Hanan Porat: In the classified section of the report (that has not been released for publication) there is important material which could help clarify additional points in the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
    MK Ran Cohen: Raviv should be tried.
    MK Ophir Pines: Raviv should be brought to trial as a double agent.
  58. 'Raviv misled his Shin Bet handlers'

    By Yossi Melman and Gideon Alon

    "Avishai Raviv deceived and misled the Shin Bet internal security service, which used him as an undercover agent among ..."

    Wednesday, November 12, 1997   Get it at a new window

  59. Patriot games

    "...secret chapter of the Shamgar report on Avishai Raviv is unlikely to clarify
    why the Shin Bet was not more careful with ..."

    "...Bet security service officials say that Avishai Raviv, the Shin Bet source accused of whipping up incitement against the..."

    Wednesday, November 12, 1997   Get it at a new window

  60. Letters to the Editor

    "Blow to democracy"

    "...When I read about the activities of Avishai Raviv I was filled with disgust. I remember Vietnam war protests..."

    Wednesday, November 12, 1997   Get it at a new window

  61. Cabinet releases Shamgar report secrets

    By Yossi Melman

    "...ions purportedly deals with the role of Avishai Raviv, the former Shin Bet operative, in encouraging convicted assassin ..."

    Tuesday, November 11, 1997   Get it at a new window

  62. Barak says more of an apology needed from Netanyahu

    By Gideon Alon

    "... It was Benjamin Netanyahu, and not Avishai Raviv, in Rabbi Yitzhak Kedouri's sukkah," said Barak.

    Tuesday, November 11, 1997   Get it at a new window

  63. Yitzhak Rabin's Strangest Eulogy

    November 11, 1997
    Karmi Gilon was the head of the General Security Service during the time Avishai Raviv operated, inciting Yigal Amir against the government and its chief. Gilon now doesn't hesitate to star at Rabin memorial events as a security commentator and general preacher.
  64. State prosecutor sees no alternative to indicting Raviv

    By Gideon Alon and Yossi Melman

    "...alternative but to bring charges against Avishai Raviv in light of the evidence piling up against him. Raviv acted as a ..."

    Monday, November 10, 1997   Get it at a new window

  65. A view from the bridge

    "Who will eulogize Rabin?"

    "The last time he had a row with Foreign Minister David Levy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a message to Dan Mer..."

    Monday, November 10, 1997   Get it at a new window

  66. Former Shin Bet chief criticized for Raviv

    By Yossi Verter Ha'aretz Political Correspondent

    "... for justifying the decision to plant Avishai Raviv as an undercover Shin Bet agent spying on the radical right."

    Sunday, November 9, 1997   Get it at a new window

  67. There was no plot

    "... One is the question of the use made of Avishai Raviv, who led the extremist organization "Ayal," but also acted as ..." Sunday, November 9, 1997   Get it at a new window

  68. Eek, there's a mole!

    By Avirama Golan

    "... provocation originated for the most part with Avishai Raviv, who was working for the Shin Bet, with the Shin Bet continuing to..."

    Sunday, November 9, 1997   Get it at a new window

  69. Netanyahu 'will gain from publishing Shamgar report'

    By Yossi Melman, Eitan Rabin and Gideon Alon

    "...Shamgar purportedly contains evidence that Avishai Raviv, paid by the Shin Bet to infiltrate extreme rightist groups, acted..."

    Thursday, November 6, 1997   Get it at a new window

  70. Weizman, rabbis urge calm in memorial week

    By Dalia Shehori

    "...it was necessary to investigate whether Avishai Raviv was following somebody's orders when he incited right-wing extremists..."

    Thursday, November 6, 1997   Get it at a new window

  71. Attorney General To Decide Whether to Prosecute Avishai Raviv

    November 6, 1997

    Deputy Defence Minister Silvan Shalom: There is no foundation for the conspiracy theory of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination, and this theory is a complete fabrication.  The question regarding Raviv was with the Attorney General and the question of prosecution would be discussed by the State Attorney's office.

  72. Hefetz calls Rabin conspiracy 'ridiculous'

    By Zvi Zrahiya

    "... on the operation of Shin Bet agent Avishai Raviv, Shamgar told Israel Radio that "even though the committee decided..."

    Wednesday, November 5, 1997   Get it at a new window

  73. Attorney General To Decide Whether to Prosecute Avishai Raviv

    November 5, 1997
  74. Blurring the guilt

    "... the Shin Bet and right-wing activist Avishai Raviv, to eliminate the prime minister. These myths have been construed ..."

    Tuesday, November 4, 1997   Get it at a new window

  75. Yigal Amir's Problem

    November 4, 1997
    Two years after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, the assassin, cosily ensconced in his cell, sifts through marriage proposals and is at a loss to choose. In Kiryat Arba, thousands of Jews prostrate themselves upon the grave of their new icon of righteousness, Baruch Goldstein. In Tel-Aviv, security officers fix a red dot on each forehead. Were he alive today, Rabin would be murdered first thing tomorrow morning.
  76. News in Brief

    "...the relationship of right-wing activist Avishai Raviv to the Shin Bet security service around the period preceding..."

    Monday, November 3, 1997   Get it at a new window

  77. Ne'eman, Kahalani: Probe Possible Conspiracy in Rabin Assassination

    November 3, 1997
    Minister of Internal Security Avigdor Kahalani said that it was unthinkable that a GSS employee would engage in such extreme incitement and that, in addition to the investigation, lessons needed to be learned for the future.
  78. State prosecutor opposes amnesty

    By Gideon Alon

    "Avishai Raviv, the former Shin Bet informer who may stand trial for inciting assassination."

    July 12, 1997   Get it at a new window

  79. Geula Amir, Mother of PM's Assassin,
    Petitions High Court to Indict Avishai Raviv

    May 15, 1997
    The petition argues that some of Raviv's activities were connected to the assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Journalist Amnon Abromovitz had exposed Raviv as an agent of the General Security Services code-named "Champagne".

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